Yemen: Suicide bomber kills at least 43 soldiers in Aden, say Officials

Forty other troops were wounded, they said. Aden is the temporary capital of Yemen's internationally recognised government in exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia

By: Reuters | Aden | Updated: December 18, 2016 3:21 pm
FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 file photo, tribesmen loyal to Houthi rebels hold their weapons as they chant slogans during a gathering to mobilize more fighters into battlefronts in several Yemeni cities, in Sanaa, Yemen. Yemen, the Arab world's poorest nation, has been embroiled in fighting that pits the Iran-backed Houthis and forces loyal to a former president against the Saudi-backed and internationally recognized government. The Saudi-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against the rebels and their allies since March 2015, fearful of Iranian influence spreading across the Arabian Peninsula. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed) Al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited nearly two years of war in the impoverished country to carry out assassinations and bombings, mostly in lawless southern Yemeni areas nominally controlled by the government. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

A suicide bomber killed at least 43 soldiers in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden on Sunday, officials there said, a week after an attack by the militant Islamic State group killed 50 troops nearby. The officials said the soldiers were queuing to collect salaries near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when the attacker blew himself up. Forty other troops were wounded, they said. Aden is the temporary capital of Yemen’s internationally recognised government in exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia. The administration has struggled to establish its control in the city amid dozens of militant attacks against its forces.

Al Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited nearly two years of war in the impoverished country to carry out assassinations and bombings, mostly in lawless southern Yemeni areas nominally controlled by the government. Saudi Arabia and its allies in a mostly Gulf Arab military coalition have been bombing Yemen’s dominant Houthi movement since it drove the government from power in March 2015 but have failed to dislodge the group from the capital, Sanaa.

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