ISIS Bombings Target Checkpoints in Yemen’s Aden; 26 Killed

Dozens Also Wounded as Three Different Checkpoints Hit

At least 26 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in ISIS suicide bombings against three military checkpoints in and around the capital of pro-Saudi Yemeni territory, the southern port of Aden.

The largest of the three hit in the city’s northwest, where a bomber in an ambulance full of explosives slammed into a checkpoint, killing at least 14. The other two bombs were smaller, and hit checkpoints leading toward a Saudi coalition military base.

Local government spokesman Nizar Anwar presented this as a success, saying the bombers were intending to attack the base itself, but were prevented to by the checkpoints. ISIS confirmed it was responsible for the attacks, and claimed at least 27 killed.

Although ISIS does not have a large presence within Yemen, and isn’t believed to have any territory of its own, the group has taken advantage of the Saudi war in Yemen to attack both the pro-Saudi forces and the Shi’ite Houthis, launching high-profile bomb attacks against both.

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