No less than 60 persons – young military recruits who were preparing to join government forces – have been killed and scores wounded after a powerful car bomb rocked the southern port city of Aden, Yemen, on Monday morning, officials said.
A security official, who spoke to AFP news agency on the condition of anonymity, said the explosion took place in the crowded Mansoura neighborhood around 8:15 a.m after the attacker drove his vehicle into a gathering of new recruits at the camp in northern Aden on Monday.
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It was learnt that the incident occurred at a training camp, or compound used by the pro-government Popular Resistance militia.
Later in the day, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The ISIS through its Amaq News Agency, described the attack as a “martyrdom operation” and said it killed “around 60 people.”
“It’s been a shaky morning,” Hassan Boucenine, who leads the Yemeni branch of Doctors Without Borders, said adding that “the explosion rocked my windows, and I was like 300 meters away. It was not nice. But we are treating everyone.”
Another official said that those killed and injured – in their 20s and 30s – were signing up for military training in Djibouti and Eritrea.