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Yemen: 137 dead as suicide bombers blast faithful in mosques

By PA Reporters

At least 137 people have been killed and 345 wounded in suicide attacks on Yemen mosques.

Four suicide bombers hit a pair of mosques controlled by Shiite rebels in the capital Sanaa, unleashing blasts through crowds of worshippers, according to medical officials.

The bombers attacked the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques, located across town from each other, during midday Friday prayers, the most crowded time of the week.

While both mosques are controlled by Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, they are frequented by Sunni worshippers as well.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the Houthis are sworn enemies of Yemen's powerful al-Qaida branch, which is regarded by the West as the world's most dangerous and active al-Qaida affiliate.

It was also reported that a fifth suicide bomb attack on another mosque was foiled in the northern city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold.

The dead included a small child, and corpses were lined up on the mosque floor and carried away in pick-up trucks.

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