ISIS is claiming responsibility for a suicide bomb attack at an army camp in Yemen this morning. At least 60 people are dead and another 60 have been wounded according to the health ministry.
The wounded are being treated brought into a hospital run by the medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in Aden. The ISIS news agency Amaq claims the attack had killed about 60 new recruits. They issued a statement via Twitter without giving further details, “Around 60 dead in a martyrdom operation by a fighter from Islamic State targeting a recruitment center in Aden city.”
According to an interview security sources provided to Reuters, this was a targeted attack against a school compound where conscripts of the Popular Committees, forces allied to the internationally recognized President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, were gathered for breakfast.
Witnesses on the scene stated that the suicide bomber entered the compound behind a truck that was bringing in the breakfast for the conscripts. Workers at the center described the security at the site as very lax.
“There was no consideration of security so it was easy for al-Qaida…to pull off such an act,” according to Ahmed al-Fatih, a worker at the center. ”
The scene is described as a massacre with bodies and body parts scattered all over the compound. ISIS and other Islamic militants and extremists have used the civil war between the Houthis and Hadi’s supporters for the last 18 months as a platform to launch a series of attacks targeting senior officials, religious leaders, security forces, and the compounds of the Saudi-led Arab military coalition.
“Bodies and body parts are scattered all over the place,” said Mohammed Osman, a neighbor who rushed to the scene. “It was a massacre,” he said.
They identified the bomber as one Ahmed Seif, distributing a photo of him smiling and holding an assault rifle next to a flag used by Islamic extremists as well as a rocket grenade launcher.
The Saudis are supporters of President Hadi who survived a car bomb attacking his convoy just last month. Yemen’s civil war has pitted the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against rebels and army units loyal to a former president.
In May, a suicide bomber killed at least 40 army recruits and injured 60 others when he rammed a car laden with explosives at recruits lined up to enlist for military service at a compound in Aden. The UN and various human rights groups estimate a minimum of 9,000 people have been killed since the fighting escalated in March 2015 with the start of Saudi-led airstrikes targeting the Houthis and their allies. More than three million people have been displaced inside Yemen as a result. Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world currently.
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