Yemen mosque blasts: Sana'a medics report multiple casualties

- Published: 24 September 2015
Yemen mosque blasts: Sana'a medics report multiple casualties

Two suicide bombers attack Shia mosque run by Houthis in Yemeni capital during prayers for the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday

A bomb attack targeting Shia worshippers at a mosque in Yemen’s capital has killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, medics have said.

The blast happened on Thursday in the al-Balili mosque where Houthi Shia rebels who control Sana’a go to pray, according to witnesses.

They said that after a first explosion inside the mosque, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at the entrance as worshippers rushed outside.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Sana’a has been shaken by a string of bombings by Islamic State in recent months, which have targeted Shia Muslims.

The Sunni Muslim group considers Shias to be heretics and has claimed to be behind bombings at mosques in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

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The Iran-backed Houthi rebels have seized several regions of Yemen, including Sana’a, which they overran last October.

Pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led airstrikes have recently managed to wrest back some southern provinces, including Yemen’s second city, Aden.

Isis and its rival al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula have exploited the turmoil to step up their activities in the impoverished country.