Suicide attack in Aden kills 43 Yemeni soldiers

A member of Yemeni security forces stands guard at the site where a suicide car bomb exploded next to the central bank in Yemen’s second city Aden on October 29, 2016.

A suicide bomber killed at least 43 soldiers in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, officials there said, a week after an attack by the militant ISIS group killed 50 troops nearby.

The officials said the soldiers were queuing to collect salaries near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when the attacker blew himself up. At least 60 other troops were wounded, they said.

The attacker immersed himself among the soldiers at Al-Solban base, in Al-Arish district, a military official said. The attack comes eight days after a similar bombing in Aden claimed by ISIS militants killed 48 soldiers and wounded 29 others.

Yemeni authorities have for months pressed a campaign against militants who remain active in the south and east of the war-torn country. ISIS and al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between the government and Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south.

The two extremist groups have carried out a spate of attacks in Aden, Yemen’s second city and headquarters of the internationally recognized government whose forces retook the port from the Houthis last year.

But al-Qaeda has distanced itself from the December 10 attack, claiming that it tends to avoids “the shedding of any Muslim blood” while focusing on fighting the “Americans and their allies.”

In August, an ISIS militant rammed his explosives-laden car into an army recruiting center in Aden, killing 71 people in the deadliest jihadist attack on the city in over a year.


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