SANAA: A suicide bomber attack outside a military camp in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday morning, has claimed the lives of at least 48 soldiers, a Health Ministry official said. The Islamic State group’s Yemen-based affiliate claimed responsibility.
Abdel-Nasr al-Wali, a Health Ministry official based in Aden, told The Associated Press that 84 people were injured in the blast. Security officials said that preliminary investigations showed the blast was the work of a bomber wearing an explosives-laden vest. The attack took place as soldiers lined up to collect their salaries, they said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.
The IS affliate claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on IS-run Aamaq news agency. It identified the bomber as Abu Hashim al-Radfani and published a photo of him smiling and wearing a white vest as he stood next to the group’s black flag. It also posted photos it said were of the blast that killed nearly 70. It was not possible to immediately verify the claim.