Deadly suicide bombings strike army base in southern Yemen

Sunday 31/07/2016
Number of fatalities is likely to rise

ADEN (Yemen) - Two suicide car bombings struck an army base in southern Yemen on Tuesday killing at least six soldiers and wounding 12 others, a military official said.

One bomber detonated his explosives-laden car at the gate of the base in the city of Habilayn, in Lahj province, while the second car bomb went off only 50 metres (yards) away, the official said.

The number of fatalities is likely to rise, the official added.

The base belongs to troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi who earlier this year launched an offensive against Al-Qaeda militants.

The offensive, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, pushed the militants out of several cities, including Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, but Al-Qaeda fighters have since regained some ground.

Yemen has been gripped by a devastating conflict that escalated in March 2015 when Saudi-led air strikes began against Shiite Huthi rebels after the insurgents seized northern and central parts of the country including the capital, Sanaa.

Loyalists backed by the coalition recaptured Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Shabwa and Daleh from the Iran-backed Huthi rebels a year ago.