A suicide car bomb was detonated in the Yemeni city of Rada today, blowing up a passing school bus and killing at least 31 people, including 20 schoolchildren.
Locals say they believe the attack was carried out by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and they also say they don’t believe the bus was the actual target. Instead, they sought to bomb the nearby home of a leader of the Shi’ite Houthi movement.
The Houthis had set up a checkpoint in Rada near the home, and it was at this checkpoint that the detonation occurred. The bus was seemingly just in line at the same time.
Located between Sanaa and Aden, the city of Rada has become a front-line battle site between Houthis and AQAP for weeks, as the Houthis have expanded southward into AQAP homelands.