Triple suicide bombings in Yemen leave 22 dead

Bombings followed attempt to attack base

Aden: Three suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State group on Saturday struck checkpoints of Yemeni loyalist forces in Aden, killing 22 people, including 10 civilians.

Yemenis gather at the site of a bomb attack in Shaab district. Pic/AFP
Yemenis gather at the site of a bomb attack in Shaab district. Pic/AFP

The bombings were followed by an attempt to attack a nearby large base of the Saudi-led Arab pro-government coalition which recently turned its guns on jihadists.

Two bombs went off simultaneously at separate checkpoints in Shaab district, on Aden’s western outskirts, before gunmen launched an attack on the nearby base of the military coalition.

Apache helicopters belonging to the coalition carried out strikes on positions of gunmen in the surrounding area as fighters tried to advance toward the base. A third explosive device planted in an ambulance was detonated at checkpoint near Mansura.

The Arab coalition, which has waged a year-long bombing campaign against Shiite Huthi rebels, began targeting jihadists for the first time last week in Aden.

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