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14 Dead in Yemen’s Aden Suicide Bombing Claimed by ISIS

14 Dead in Yemen’s Aden Suicide Bombing Claimed by ISIS
Wed Feb 17, 2016 18:01:06

A suicide bomber killed at least 14 soldiers in Aden on Wednesday, in the latest attack on Yemen’s second city claimed by terrorists of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group.

The southern port city has been the headquarters of forces loyal to former fugitive President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his backers in a Saudi-led military coalition but has seen growing violence by ISIS and its terrorist rival Al-Qaeda.

“A man detonated his explosive vest among soldiers,” a military source said.

The troops were attending a training session run by Sudanese forces of the Saudi-led coalition, another military source said.

The bomber, who was disguised as a soldier, attacked the Ras Abbas camp in the west of Aden.

After the attack, panicking soldiers grabbed their weapons and fled the camp, witnesses said.

The little-known “Aden and Abyan Province” branch of ISIS said the suicide bombing was carried out by one of its militants and alleged it killed 20 “apostate” soldiers.

It came a day after Al-Qaeda claimed an attack on the convoy of Aden’s governor and police chief in which four terrorists were killed.

Since March last year, when the Saudi-led coalition intervened in support of the former fugitive president Hadi, ISIS has ramped up its operations in Yemen.

Its rival Al-Qaeda also has a significant presence in the south and southeast.

In October, ISIS claimed its first attacks in Aden — a series of bombings that targeted the government’s temporary headquarters and two military camps run by the coalition in which 15 people were killed.

The United Nations says more than 6,100 people have been killed and 29,000 wounded since the Saudi Arabia coalition began its intervention, about half of them civilians, AFP reported.

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