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Suicide blast in Yemen targets military personnel

The so-called "Islamic State" (IS) group has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the port city of Aden. Earlier this week, John Kerry flew to Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing conflict in Yemen.

The car bomb detonated on Monday at an army training facility in Aden, killing at least 60 people, according to local officials.

Witnesses said the attacker drove the bomb-laden vehicle into a building used by the Popular Resistance, a local milita fighting Houthi rebels.

IS has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to Amaq news agency, the terrorist group's de-facto media wing.

A source at a nearby Doctors Without Borders facility reported that at least 15 people were transferred to a hospital immediately following the attack, while noting that the death toll could rise.

Authorities have not said who was behind the incident, although suicide attacks in the country are frequently linked to al-Qaeda or IS.

New hopes for Yemen

Last week Kerry visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the ongoing strife in Yemen with both King Salman and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The US Secretary of State said he and his Saudi colleagues agreed on the need to bring an end to the 18-month-long conflict in Yemen which has killed some 9,000 people and displaced 3 million more.

The allies proposed resuming peace talks with Iran-alligned Houthi rebels, something that is supported by the exiled government. The Houthis took over the country's capital, Sanaa, in 2014.

The US is actively supporting Saudi Arabia and its allies. Aden, where Monday's attack occurred, is the temporary base for the Saudi-backed government.

blc/jm (AFP, Reuters)

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