The latest in a growing series of ISIS bombings against the pro-Saudi territory in southern Yemen, the group is claiming credit for a suicide bombing against a bus stop in Aden today, killing four people who they are describing as “army recruits.”
The bomber was wearing an explosive belt, and walked up to a group of people waiting for buses. The initial ISIS statement claimed five killed, all soldiers, but it has since been revised to just four. They also claim several wounded.
Early in the Saudi war against Yemen, ISIS launched attacks almost exclusively against the capital of Sanaa, where they targeted Shi’ite mosques and other sites linked to the Shi’ite Houthi faction. In recent weeks, they’ve shown an interest in attacking both sides.
ISIS has struggled to establish a territorial foothold in Yemen, with the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) faction already spanning a good portion of the country, but has launched a number of attacks over the past year, and is seen recruiting heavily.