ISIS claims deadly attacks on Yemeni recruits in Aden

The blast occurred as the recruits lined up to enlist for military service in the Khormaksar district of the port city. (File photo: AFP)

Yemeni security officials say that a pair of suicide bombers killed at least 45 people in the southern city of Aden, Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

The blast occurred as the recruits lined up to enlist for military service in the Khormaksar district of the port city, which serves as the temporary capital of Yemen's Saudi-backed administration while it seeks to seize back the capital Sanaa from the armed Houthi militias.

According to an AFP report, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The officials said Monday that the two bombers targeted young men seeking to join the army. One suicide car bomber targeted a line outside an army recruitment center, killing at least 20. A second bomber on foot detonated his explosive vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander, killing at least 25.

People check the site of a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden. (Reuters)

People check the site of a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden. (Reuters)

Local news website Aden al-Ghad showed pictures of soldiers picking up bloodied comrades in uniform from the ground and witnesses reported seeing ambulances with blaring sirens collecting the wounded from the scene.

Militants have exploited the unrest in Yemen as loyalist forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, fought against Iran-backed militias since March 2015 in a war that has left more than 6,400 people dead.

(With AP)

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