Two suicide attacks have killed ‘at least 45’ people in army and injured dozens more in the southern Yemeni city of Aden, residents and security officials have said.
The blasts occurred in the Khor Maksar district of the port city, which serves as the temporary capital of Yemen’s Saudi-backed government while it seeks to seize back the capital Sanaa from the armed Houthi group.
They were said to have been targetting recruits as they lined up to enlist for military service to fight against the Houthi insurgency to the north.
One suicide car bomber targeted a line outside the recruitment centre killing at least 20 people and a second bomber struck on foot as he detonated his explosive vest among a group of recruits waiting outside the home of an army commander, killing at least 25.
Local news website Aden al-Ghad showed pictures of soldiers picking up bloodied comrades in uniform from the ground and witnesses reported seeing ambulances with blaring sirens collecting the wounded from the scene.
The attacks are the latest incident in the increasingly bloody conflict between the Saudi-backed Sunni government in the south against Shia Houthi rebels who control the capital in the centre of country and are allied with the former president.