37, including cops, killed in attacks on Qaeda bastion
Aden: A suicide bombing claimed by ISIS and a second attack killed 37 police yesterday in the Yemeni port of Mukalla, where a year of al-Qaeda rule was ended just last month, medics said.
Yemeni soldiers stand guard outside a public security camp Mukalla. Pics/AFP
It was the second attack in days claimed by ISIS in the city of 2,00,000 people, which was recaptured by government forces from the rival jihadists of al-Qaeda with US backing.
The suicide bomber killed at least 31 police recruits on the south-western outskirts of the city, which is the capital of Hadramawt province, medics said.
The bomber detonated an explosives belt as he joined a line of men at a police recruitment centre, a provincial official said. More than 60 people were also wounded in the attack in Fuwah district, medical sources said.
An ISIS statement posted online claimed the suicide attack, the second but rare intervention by the jihadist group in an area known as a stronghold of rival al-Qaeda.
String of ISIS attacks in Iraq kill 29
Baghdad: ISIS launched a coordinated assault on a natural gas plant north of Baghdad that killed at least 14 people, while a string of other bomb attacks in or close to the capital killed 15 others.
Flames and smoke rise from tanks after a suicide bomb attack on the Taji gas plant in Iraq
The attack started on the gas plant started at dawn with a suicide car bomber hitting the main gate of the plant in the town of Taji. Then several suicide bombers and militants broke into the plant and clashed with the security forces, an official said, adding that 27 troops were wounded.
In a statement, Deputy Oil Minister Hamid Younis said fire fighters managed to control and extinguish a fire caused by the explosions. Younis said technicians were examining the damage. A car bomb in the town of Latifiyah killed seven people, including two soldiers, police and hospital officials said lsewhere in Baghdad, three separate bomb attacks targeted commercial areas, killing at least eight civilians and wounding 28 others, police added. Yesterday’s attacks killed 29 people across Iraq.