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Aden blast kills several dozen soldiers

December 10, 2016

A suicide bomber in Yemen's southern city of Aden has killed several dozen soldiers. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Jemen Zerstörung
This archive photo shows the extent of damage the war in Yemen has causedImage: Reuters/A.Mahyoub

At least 35 Yemeni soldiers were killed and more than 60 others wounded in a major attack Saturday on forces allied to a Saudi-led military campaign. 

Though no group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, extremists from the so-called "Islamic State" have claimed responsibility for most attacks in recent months mainly targeting security forces.

The explosion happened near a military camp in the northeastern part area of Al-Sawlaban near the city's international airport as a crowd of soldiers gathered to pick up their salaries, an official told the German news agency DPA on condition of anonymity.

Aden, the provisional capital of Yemen's Saudi-backed government, is at the center of a civil war with the Iran-allied Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen's civil war in March 2015 to fight the government's foes in the Iran-allied Houthi movement but has failed to dislodge the group from the capital, Sanaa, despite thousands of airstrikes. About 10,000 people have been killed in the ongoing conflict.

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jbh/sms (AFP, dpa, Reuters)