Car bombing kills Yemen government official; ISIS claims responsibility

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Monday, December 7, 2015

File photo of Aden.
Image: Brian Harrington Spier.

Yesterday, at least seven people including Aden, Yemen governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad died in a car bomb attack on their convoy in the city of Aden, according to local officials. An online claim of responsibility on behalf of militant group ISIS called Saad a "tyrant".

An online post purportedly from the group claimed they detonated the bomb as Saad's convoy passed where the car was parked. The post shared photos purporting to show Saad's vehicle passing the parked car, and the following explosion.

People as much as 10km away reported hearing the explosion, and medics said it left victims' bodies unrecognizable. Photos supposedly of the attack showed a burning, wrecked car. Aden's Jumhoriya Hospital treated the victims.

The online statement threatened to "chop off" the "rotten heads" of Yemen's "infidels", and said more attacks are coming.

Iran-backed Houthi rebels, who follow Shia Islam, have taken over Yemen's capital of Sanaa. Until just recently, President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government operated for several months in Saudi Arabia, which has led a coalition involving air strikes against the rebels.

Yemeni fatalities in ISIS-claimed bombings this year number reportedly around 159. Yemeni fatalities since March, when Saudi Arabia's pro-Hadi airstrikes began, number at least 5,700 according to the United Nations.


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