ISIS claims responsibility for suicide attack on Sanaa

The self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) claim a suicide attack on Friday prayer service in Yemeni capital of Sanaa

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing attack which took place during the Friday prayer ceremony at a mosque in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, wounding 13.

"If there was an explosion it has already happened in Sanaa in the people's district in a Houthi mosque. The Islamic state claims responsibility," a Twitter post by the group read.

A security official in the city told Reuters that the attack wounded 13 worshipers gathered at the mosque and two remained in critical condition.

The attack marked the second time Friday prayer ceremonies have fallen target to the growing turmoil in the country as over 120 died and more than 150 were wounded in twin attacks on March 20.

Yemen has been engulfed in internal turmoil since an armed rebellion by Iranian backed Houthi militias saw the group capture large areas of the country including the capital of Sanaa, forcing the government into exile after a failed attempt to disband the parliament and seize the presidency.

The lack of functioning security institutions caused by the ongoing clashes across Yemen has allowed for groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula to act more freely in the country.

TRTWorld and agencies