ISIS Kills 42, Mostly Troops, in Southern Yemen Suicide Bombings

Attacks Targeted Southern Port of Mukallah

by Jason Ditz, June 27, 2016

ISIS suicide car bombers killed at least 42 people, and wounded around 30 others, in four car bombing attacks across the southern Yemeni port city of al-Mukallah today, one of the largest series of such attacks in months.

The early indications are that virtually all of the casualties were soldiers, though at least one civilian was also killed, and five wounded. The attacks targeted a government intelligence building and security checkpoints in the city.

During the course of the Saudi War in Yemen, Mukallah has traded hands twice, first falling to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) shortly after the invasion, and then more recently falling to an offensive by United Arab Emirate forces which installed the pro-Saudi forces in the city.

ISIS confirmed the attacks, but claimed eight suicide bombings across the city, and that they believed 50 people were killed. The Hadrawmut Provincial governor had earlier claimed five suicide bombings, but later accounts of the death toll suggested all the slain were in four strikes.

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