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Yemen suicide attacks kill at least 45

Published 23/05/2016

People gather at the scene after a pair of suicide bombings attack in the city of Aden in Yemen. (AP)
People gather at the scene after a pair of suicide bombings attack in the city of Aden in Yemen. (AP)

At least 45 people have been killed by two suicide bombings carried out by Islamic State in the Yemeni city of Aden.

One suicide car bomber killed at least 20 people after targeting a queue outside an army recruitment centre.

A second bomber on foot killed at least 25 people when he detonated his explosives vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander. Scores of others were injured in the attacks.

The local affiliate of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for both attacks. It said the bombing at the residence of the commander killed more than 30 and was carried out by a native of Aden it identified as Abu Ali al-Adani.

It did not give casualty figures for the attack at the army recruitment centre, which it said was carried out by an explosive device, not a suicide car bomb as security officials said.

Yemen has for nearly two years been gripped by a war pitting the internationally recognised government against Shiite rebels who control the capital, Sanaa, and are allied with forces loyal to a former president.

The country is also home to active al Qaida and Islamic State group affiliates.

The blasts underline the precarious security situation in Aden, the country's main port on the Arabian Sea, several months after government forces and allied militiamen backed by a Saudi-led coalition retook the city from the Shiite rebels, also known as the Houthis.

The city has in recent months seen a series of suicide bombings and assassinations mainly targeting army and security forces. Contributing further to the instability in Aden is the recent eviction of northern Yemenis, the work of suspected separatists who seek an independent south.

In a separate incident, at least 20 people were killed in the city of Taiz when heavy rainfall triggered an avalanche of rocks that hit homes below in the residential Bani Omar district.

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