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Bombing hits Yemen’s Mukalla, leaves 47 police recruits dead

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Yemeni troops search a vehicle at a checkpoint following bomb attacks in Mukalla on May 12, 2016. ©AFP

At least 47 Yemeni police recruits loyal to the former Saudi-backed government have been killed in a bomb attack in the southern port city of Mukalla.

Security sources said the attacker set off his explosives as the recruits were lining up at a military base in Mukalla’s Foua suburb on Sunday.

Sixty people were also wounded in the attack, which has been claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, a medical source said.

The incident came a few days after three bombings rocked army bases near the city and left at least 15 Yemeni troops dead. The Takfiri Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for one of the attacks, which was a car bombing.

On April 24, forces loyal to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, backed by Emirati troops, retook Mukalla, the capital of the vast desert province of Hadhramaut, from the al-Qaeda militants, who had occupied the city for a year.

The alleged recapture of Mukalla came three days after the UN-brokered peace talks started in Kuwait City between Houthi Ansarullah fighters and their allies in one side and loyalists to Hadi on the other side.

The talks came against the backdrop of an open-ended shaky ceasefire that began at midnight on April 10 in Yemen.

People inspect damage at a site hit by Saudi airstrikes in Mukalla, Yemen, April 24, 2016. ©Reuters

This is while Yemen has seen almost daily strikes by Saudi Arabia since late March 2015, with internal sources putting the toll from the bloody aggression at more than 9,500.

Many say al-Qaeda militants also enjoy support from Riyadh as there have been numerous reports of airdrop by Saudi jets of ammunition to areas under the control of the militants, especially in areas where it could launch attacks against the Houthis.

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