Suicide bombing claimed by IS group kills 25 Yemen police recruits

AFP , Sunday 15 May 2016

Yemeni troops search a vehicle at a checkpoint following suicide attacks in the southeastern Yemeni port of Mukalla on May 12, 2016. (AFP PHOTO)

A suicide bomber killed at least 25 Yemeni police recruits in the southeastern port city of Mukalla on Sunday, medics said, the second attack this week claimed by the Islamic State group.

The bomber detonated an explosives belt as he joined a line of men at a police recruitment centre on the southwestern outskirts of the city that government forces recaptured last month after a year of Al-Qaeda rule, a provincial official said.

Sixty people were also wounded in the attack in Fuwah district, a medical source said.

An IS group statement posted online claimed the attack, the second but rare intervention by the militant group in an area known as a stronghold of rival Al-Qaeda.

"Brother Abu al-Bara al-Ansari... detonated his explosives belt at a gathering of the apostates of the security forces," it said.

On Thursday, 15 Yemeni troops were killed in militant attacks on army positions outside Mukalla. IS group said one of its militants blew up a vehicle packed with explosives in an army base in Khalf district on the city's eastern outskirts.

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