29 August 2016
The death toll in a suicide bombing at a local militia compound in the southern Yemen city of Aden has risen to at least 45, Doctors without Borders, Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Monday.
A spokesperson for the group said that at least 60 other wounded people had been taken to a hospital run by the charity in Aden.
The blast happened when a suicide attacker drove an explosive-rigged vehicle and blew himself up amid potential recruits gathering at a school in the city’s Mansoura district, a security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said.
MSF’s Yemen branch said that the hospital in Aden, the city that serves as the temporary capital of Yemen’s internationally recognised government, had received 45 dead and at least 60 wounded from the blast.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Islamic State supporters claimed responsibility for suicide bombings in May that killed 72 would-be army recruits in Mukalla and the southern port city of Aden.
The Yemeni branch of al-Qaeda has also claimed recent attacks on security forces in government-held southern Yemen.
The security official said that most of the recruits were from Abyan in southern Yemen, the home province of Saudi-backed President Abd Rabu Mansour Hadi.
Hadi’s government has been seeking to recruit new troops in recent months for its struggle against the Houthi rebels, who control most of northern Yemen including the capital Sana’a.
The mainly Shiite Houthis enjoy the backing of Yemen’s most effective military forces, which remain loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Saleh’s political party recently joined the Houthis in forming a new presidential council to rule the country, a move that drew a sharp rebuke from UN peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed.
Fighters aligned to Hadi’s government, backed by Gulf troops and Saudi-led airstrikes, drove the Houthis and their allies from Aden last year.
But the Saudi-backed government has been unable to ensure security in Aden and other areas it nominally controls, with al-Qaeda and Yemen’s recently formed branch of Islamic State highly active.