Death toll rises to 54 in Yemen suicide bombing

By REUTERS
August 29, 2016 16:59

A suicide bomber killed at least 54 people when he drove a car bomb into a militia compound in Aden on Monday (August 29), the health ministry said, in one of the deadliest attacks claimed by Islamic State in the southern Yemeni port city.

The director general of Yemen's health ministry in Aden, al-Khader Laswar, told Reuters at least 67 other people were wounded in the attack in the city's Mansoura district.

The militant Islamic State group said in a statement carried by its Amaq news agency one of its suicide bombers carried out the bombing.

"Around sixty dead in a martyrdom operation by a fighter from Islamic State targeting a recruitment center in the city of Aden," the statement said, without giving further details.

A security source said the attack targeted a school compound where conscripts of the Popular Committees, forces allied to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, were gathered for breakfast.

Witnesses said the suicide bomber entered the compound behind a truck that had brought breakfast for the conscripts, who had queued for the meal.


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