At least 40 people, all reportedly army recruits, have been killed, and a further 60 wounded, following a suicide car bombing, by Islamic State militants, in Yemen.
A suicide car bombing claimed by Islamic State killed at least 40 army recruits and injured 60 others in the Yemeni city of Aden on Monday, medics said, in one of the deadliest attacks yet on the beleaguered government.
The attack occurred as the recruits lined up to enlist for military service at the home of a senior general in the Khor Maksar district of Aden, officials said.
The port city serves as the temporary capital of Yemen’s Saudi-backed administration while it seeks to seize back the capital Sana’a from the armed Houthi group.
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.
In a written statement posted to its social media accounts, Islamic state said the attack targeted “the apostate Yemeni army” and named the attacker as Abu Ali al-Adeni.
A bomb planted at the gate of a nearby army base detonated afterwards but caused no casualties, local officials said.