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Suicide bomb attack kills 30 in Yemen

Narada Desk | May 15, 2016 5:02 pm Print
Officials say the bomber detonated his explosives outside a police base in the port city of Mukalla, killing recruits as they queued up outside the building

A suicide bomb attack today killed at least 30 people and injured 70 others in Yemen’s Hadramout province. The bomb attack occurred near the gate of a police recruitment centre.

The Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials say the bomber detonated his explosives outside a police base in the port city of Mukalla, killing recruits as they queued up outside the building.

“About 40 people were killed when an Islamic State fighter detonated his explosive belt inside a military base in Mukalla,” an Islamic State statement said on Twitter.

The toll was expected to rise further.

Yemen has been gripped by one of the most active regional Al Qaeda militancy in the Middle East. The Yemen-based Al Qaeda offshoot, also known as Ansar al-Sharia, emerged in January 2009. It has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on Yemen’s army and government institutions.

The fragile security situation in Yemen has deteriorated since March 2015 when a war broke out between the Shia Houthi group, supported by former President Ali Abdullash Saleh, and the government backed by a Saudi-led coalition.

More than 6,000 people have been killed in ground battles and airstrikes since then, half of them were civilians.

IANS

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