Islamic State claims responsibility for Yemen suicide attack killed 53 soldiers

Published: 05:19 GMT, Dec 19, 2016 |

The Islamic State (IS) group on Sunday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack that struck a gathering of pro-government forces in Yemen’s temporary capital of Aden that left 52 soldiers dead.

An online statement made by IS on twitter claimed that “more than 70 apostates were killed in the jihadist attack.”

The suicide bomber who carried out the terrorist operation was identified as Abu Hashim Radfani, according to an official statement.

One of the group’s suicide bombers detonated his explosive belt at a crowd of pro-government forces who gathered to receive their salaries near the house of Brigadier Nasser Anbouri in Aden’s neighborhood of Khormaksar.

Sunday’s suicide attack comes less than two weeks after a similar attack claimed by the Yemen-based affiliate of the Islamic State group struck an army base near Aden’s international airport, leaving 50 pro-government soldiers killed and more than 40 others injured.

The southern port city of Aden is the headquarters of Yemen’s internationally-backed President Abdu-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his government.

Aden witnessed several well-planned assassinations and armed attacks after Saudi-backed forces drove the Shiite Houthi rebels out from the strategic city in July 2015.