ISIS claims responsibility for Eid blast in Yemen mosque

ISIS claims responsibility for Shiite mosque bombing in Yemen which killed at least 25 worshippers and injured dozens

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Houthi militia stands inside the al-Balili mosque after two bombings hit the mosque in Yemen's capital Sanaa

Updated Sep 26, 2015

Twin suicide bombings targeted the Shiite al-Balili mosque in the Santa's al-Safya district of Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Thursday morning. At least 25 people have reportedly been killed and dozens wounded in the explosion. The explosion occured during the prayers of the Muslim feast of sacrifice, Eid ul Adha.

The local newspaper Yemen Post reported that two suicide bombers carried out the deadly attack. The first suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt inside mosque after the prayer, according to reports from eyewitnesses.

The attack in Sanaa, which was seized by Houthi militias in September 2014, was claimed by Yemen's branch of ISIS through a statement released on social media on Thursday. 

Shia mosques in the city have frequently been targeted by ISIS in recent months. ISIS considers Shiite muslims to be heretics and the militant group is also known for bombing mosques in Kuwait and Yemen.

Iran-backed Shiite Houthi militias control several regions in Yemen, including Sanaa. A pro-government coalition led by Saudi Arabia, has re-captured some southern provinces of Yemen, including Aden, and continues to carry out air strikes against the Houthis. 

Yemeni Shiite Houthi militias stand next to a national flag in Sanaa on September 21, 2015, during a ceremony marking a year since they seized the city

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