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Multiple bombings hit Yemen’s Mukalla, leave 19 people dead

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Yemeni security forces inspect the site of a bomb-laden car in Aden's Mansura district on May 1, 2016. © AFP

At least 19 people have been killed and 15 others sustained injuries after multiple coordinated bomb attacks rocked the southeastern Yemeni port of Mukalla.

The casualties were caused after three simultaneous bombings hit security checkpoints in the coastal city, a former al-Qaeda stronghold in the Arab country, on Monday.

The triple bombings were followed by a fourth which struck the entrance of an army camp in the troubled region.

Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which is mainly wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, has claimed responsibility for the fatal attacks via online Amaq news agency, which is affiliated to the terror group.

In mid-May, at least 47 Yemeni police recruits loyal to the former Saudi-backed government were killed in a bomb attack in Mukalla, the capital of the vast desert province of Hadhramaut. The attacker set off his explosives as the recruits were lining up at a military base in Mukalla’s Foua suburb on May 15.

Sixty people were also wounded in the attack, which was claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group. 

Forces loyal to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, stand on the back of an armed vehicle on a road leading to the entrance of Abyan province, April 23, 2016. © AFP

On April 24, forces loyal to the resigned Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, retook Mukalla, from the al-Qaeda militants, who had occupied the city for a year.

The alleged recapture of Mukalla came 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.

Saudi Arabia launched its military aggression against Yemen on March 26, 2015, in a bid to bring Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh, back to power and defeat the Ansarullah movement.

More than 9,400 people have been killed and at least 16,000 others injured since the onset of the aggression.

A Yemeni child stands outside the family house, which was destroyed several months ago in an airstrike by Saudi Arabia at a slum in the capital Sana'a, on March 12, 2016. (AFP photo)

The Saudi strikes have also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools and factories.

Many say al-Qaeda militants and Daesh 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 they could launch attacks against the Houthis.

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