Sanaa |Two suicide bombers have blown themselves up at a mosque run by Yemen’s Houthi group in the capital Sanaa on Thursday, the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, causing many casualties, witnesses said.
At least 10 people were killed in the attack, targeting al-Balili mosque in the al-Safya district, said the Houthis Ansarullah group’s website. An explosion rocked a mosque in Yemen’s rebel-held capital today during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, witnesses said.
The blast happened in the Balili mosque near a police academy in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Huthi Shiite insurgents, according to witnesses, some of whom reported dead and wounded.
The Yemeni capital has been shaken by a string of bombings of Shiite mosques in recent months claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. The radical Sunni Muslim group considers Shiites to be heretics and has also claimed bombings of mosques in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have seized several regions of Yemen including Sanaa which they over ran a year ago. Pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led air strikes have recently managed to wrest back some southern provinces, including Yemen’s second city of Aden. The Islamic State group and the Yemen-based branch of its jihadist rival Al-Qaeda have exploited the turmoil to boost their activities in the impoverished country.
The bombing came as Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha – the feast of sacrifice which Muslims mark by prayers in congregation at mosques. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, witnesses said.
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