Car bomb kills two in Yemen

Yemen’s capital Sanaa hit by car bomb killing two people

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A car bomb exploded near a Houthi-used mosque killing two people and wounding six others in Yemen’s capital city, Sanaa on Saturday, Reuters has reported.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, SITE Intelligence media group said.

According to witnesses, the attack was planned when Shiite people finished their prayer and got out of the Qubbat al Mahdi mosque in Sanaa.

The mosque and nearby houses were damaged by the power of explosion.

On Wednesday, ISIS claimed responsibility for the previous attacks which include four car bombs explosion near mosques used by the Iranian-backed Houthis killing nearly 60 people.

The Houthis took the control of Sanaa in September which triggered the start of a devastating civil war especially after the intervention of Saudi-led coalition.

The Saudi-led coalition reportedly raided the area of Khawlan southeast of Sanaa, and also conducted another six air raids on the 115 Brigade camp in Al Jawf province as well as three sites on the outskirts of the city of Aden in southern Yemen.

The attacks came just hours after the end of failed peace talks in the Swiss city of Geneva, sponsored by the UN in an attempt to reach a cease-fire in Yemen.

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riad Yassin cast the responsibility for the failure to reach an agreement on the Houthi rebels, in an interview with the BBC.

Yassin said that efforts would continue to find a political solution to the conflict, but did not specify the date of the start of a new round of talks.

The chief of the delegation of the rebels and their allies, Hamza al Houthi, blamed Saudi Arabia for the failure to reach an agreement.

"We can not say that the Geneva conference failed, but it was a first step, however there were acts of obstruction of clear and systematic targeting,” said Hamza al Houthi.

he Yemeni government, headed by Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, has demanded the withdrawal of the Houthi rebels from most areas of Yemen that they control since September. It also expressed concern over the number of representatives in the Houthi delegation to Geneva, which was double the agreed upon number.

UN envoy to Yemen Ismail, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said "We have seen in the talks positive discourse from all parties and we are sure that it is possible to build on this positive spirit in the future."

TRTWorld and agencies