Yemen car bombs hit mosques, kill dozens

At least 50 killed or injured in four massive bombs near mosques, headquarter in Sanaa

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Four car bombs targeted three mosques and the headquarters of Yemen’s Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Sanaa on Wednesday, killing or wounding at least 50 people, authorities said.

ISIS claimed the attacks. ISIS carried out multiple attacks against Shia mosques in March, killing 142 people.

Three car bombers targeted the Al Hashush mosque, the Kibsi mosque and the Al Quba Al Khadra mosque while the fourth car exploded near the bureau of the Ansarullah movement, political wing of Houthis.

Witnesses say the bombs exploded near the entrances to the mosques as worshippers visited them.

Shiite Houthis seized the capital Sanaa in September, forcing the President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to flee to the neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

Houthis say they are fighting against corruption in a bid to end what they describe as political marginalisation.

Saudi Arabia, on the other side, claims that Iran is behind the Houthis lightning advance to consolidate its own powerhouse.

A Saudi-led coalition began on March 26 an extensive air campaign targeting Houthi-held cities across Yemen.

Representatives from Houthis and the exiled government of Hadi are having peace talks in Geneva this week, aimed at brokering a ceasefire in the month of Ramadan.

The United Nations figures show that at least 2,600 civilians and rebels have been killed since the attacks began in March.

TRTWorld and agencies