Islamic State bombs target Yemeni army recruits, killing at least 40

Islamic-State-bombs-target-Yemeni-army-recruits-killing-at-least-40.   ADEN , Yemen, A suicide bombing, for which the Islamic State took responsibility, killed at least 40 Yemeni army recruits in Aden on Monday morning.

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Militants loyal to Yemen’s President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi stand with regular Yemeni troops in this 2015 photo. At least 40 army recruits were killed Monday, in a bombing for which the Islamic State claimed responsibility, in Aden. Photo by Anees Mahyoub/UPI | License Photo

The bomb targeted men standing in line to enlist at the home of a senior army commander in Aden’s Khormaksar district, an area uniting the Yemeni mainland and a peninsula where much of the port city of about 800,000 lies. Aden is considered the provisional capital of the Saudi-supported government.

There were conflicting reports over whether a car bomb or a man wearing a vest of explosives attacked the recruits.

Another 60 people were injured, medics reported, and a second bomb detonated soon afterward at a nearby army base, causing no injuries. The attack was one of the deadliest on the government since a Saudi-led coalition began a campaign against Houthi rebels who seized Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in March 2015.

After the bombings, IS said on social media one of its suicide bombers attacked a group of “apostate soldiers.” The group, identified as Daesh, ISIS and ISIL, also claimed responsibility for a nearby detonation of an improvised explosive device. Eight days ago IS took responsibility for a suicide bombing at police barracks in the nearby port city of Mukalla, which killed 31 police recruits. The city was recaptured last month after a year under al-Qaida domination.

At least 6,200 people, half of them civilians, have died in Yemen since the Saudi-led campaign against the rebels began. The population, regarded as the Arab world’s poorest, face famine, and the majority are in need of humanitarian aid.

By Ed Adamczyk

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