ISIS suicide bomber kills 35 Yemen soldiers

2016-12-11 05:57
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Aden - A suicide bomber killed 35 soldiers and wounded around 50 on Saturday at a military camp in Yemen's southern city of Aden, military and medical sources said.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bomber detonated his explosives belt as hundreds of troops gathered to receive their monthly pay at the barracks in Al-Sawlaban near the city's international airport, a military source said.

Yemeni authorities have for months pressed a campaign against jihadists who remain active in the south and east of the war-torn country.

ISIS and its jihadist rival al-Qaeda have taken advantage of a conflict between the government and the Huthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south.

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

A Saudi-led coalition has since March 2015 supported loyalist forces fighting the Huthis.

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