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Yemen: Suicide attack on Shia mosque in Sanaa kills dozens *GRAPHIC*01:02

Yemen: Suicide attack on Shia mosque in Sanaa kills dozens *GRAPHIC*

Yemen, Sanaa
September 2, 2015 at 16:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

An estimated 20 people were killed when a suicide bomber and a subsequent car bomb exploded at a mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Wednesday.

The bomber exploded the device at the mosque during evening prayers, with the car bomb detonating outside the building’s entrance. The second bomb went off while locals attempted to take the dead and wounded from the mosque to nearby vehicles. Body parts were scattered across the mosque’s floor as armed men attempted to deal with the tragic scene.

The attack, similar to bombing strikes carried out previously by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, comes as the predominantly Shia Houthi forces continue to gain ground in the country’s civil war. The conflict escalated violently following Saudi-led coalition airstrikes backing those loyal to ousted Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

According to United Nations (UN) figures, over 1,900 civilians have died, 7,870 people have been injured and more than 100,000 have been displaced, since the Saudi-led coalition launched its military campaign in March 2015. The UN has categorised the situation in Yemen as a level-three humanitarian emergency, since 21 million people are currently in need of assistance, 13 million of whom require food supplies.

Yemen: Suicide attack on Shia mosque in Sanaa kills dozens *GRAPHIC*01:02
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An estimated 20 people were killed when a suicide bomber and a subsequent car bomb exploded at a mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, Wednesday.

The bomber exploded the device at the mosque during evening prayers, with the car bomb detonating outside the building’s entrance. The second bomb went off while locals attempted to take the dead and wounded from the mosque to nearby vehicles. Body parts were scattered across the mosque’s floor as armed men attempted to deal with the tragic scene.

The attack, similar to bombing strikes carried out previously by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) militants, comes as the predominantly Shia Houthi forces continue to gain ground in the country’s civil war. The conflict escalated violently following Saudi-led coalition airstrikes backing those loyal to ousted Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

According to United Nations (UN) figures, over 1,900 civilians have died, 7,870 people have been injured and more than 100,000 have been displaced, since the Saudi-led coalition launched its military campaign in March 2015. The UN has categorised the situation in Yemen as a level-three humanitarian emergency, since 21 million people are currently in need of assistance, 13 million of whom require food supplies.

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