Car bombings in Yemen kill nine policemen

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

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On Wednesday, in Yemen‘s city of Mukalla, a suicide bomber killed five policemen and injured six others. No militant group claimed responsibility. Two days earlier, at least nine people were killed in two car explosions near two army check posts. al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for that attack. An army statement said eighteen soldiers were injured and at least five were in critical condition.

The Houthi rebel group announced they had launched a missile targeting the Yemeni-Saudi border.

General Faraj Salemine informed Agence France-Presse at least five Yemeni soldiers were killed in the explosion on Monday. Abu Tariq al-Sana’ani and Amir Tariq al-Sana’ani were identified as the attackers who attacked southwest of the city near al-Burum and western part in al-Ghaber. Previously, that area was a stronghold of al Qaeda’s group called al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Mukalla is the capital of Hadramaout province. AQAP has controlled the city for more than a year. Yemen faced attacks from the rebel groups of Iran’s Shia Houthi in the northern and central areas. In April, pro-government troops took control over the city with the help of Saudi and Emirati army which conducted air attacks.

Due to this disturbance, militant groups of al Qaeda and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has attacked the Yemeni army. Last month, ISIL’s suicide bombers killed at least 38 people in Mukalla.

In the last fifteen months, more than 6,400 people were killed in there country. Yemeni Civil War begun in 2014 but it has sided al Qaeda and ISIL. Due to their attacks, more than 2.8 million civilians had to fled the location.


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