ISIS claims suicide bombing in Yemen’s Mukalla
It was the second deadly blast to hit the city, which was a hub for al-Qaeda before the group was pushed out in a military offensive
An ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up in the southern Yemeni city of Mukalla on Sunday, killing at least 25 people at a police headquarters in the Fua suburb, medics said.
It was the second deadly blast to hit the city, which was a hub for al-Qaeda before the group was pushed out in a military offensive last month.
Militants took advantage of more than a year of war in Yemen to carve out a mini-state stretching across much of the southern coast, but an attack by government troops backed by the United Arab Emirates reversed many of their gains.
Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Arab countries intervened in Yemen’s civil war in March 2015 in support of the internationally recognized government, which had been swept into exile by Yemen’s Houthi movement, an ally of Iran.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Yemen’s branch of ISIS view the Arab coalition as a pawn of the West and see the Shi’ite Muslim Houthi militias as apostates deserving death.
The US military announced last week it had deployed a small number of personnel to Yemen to aid in the fight against AQAP, its first troop presence in the country since the Houthi militia takeover, though its campaign of unmanned drone attacks on AQAP members continued unabated throughout the war.
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