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IS targets mourners in Yemen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:15

A car bomb in the Yemeni capital wounds at least 28 people, some critically, in an attack claimed by Islamic State. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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A car bomb claimed by Islamic State exploded in the Yemeni capital Sanaa late Monday, wounding at least 28 people gathered to mourn another attack earlier this month. A witness described what happened. SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) WITNESS YEHIA ALI SAYING: "At approximately eleven thirty we heard a loud explosion, it was a truly powerful explosion. We came out to see what happened and homes were severally damaged. It was an explosive placed inside a car, the car was an Echo, that had been parked here since about eight in the evening and no one paid attention to it." A sectarian-tinged conflict has raged throughout Yemen's south and center, pitting the Shi'ite Muslim Houthis against mostly Sunni local militiamen who support an Arab air intervention led by Saudi Arabia. The political vacuum has given hardline Sunni militants greater room to operate. Islamic State regards the Houthis as worthy of death, and the overnight blast was the latest in a series of attacks on the group and their supporters.

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IS targets mourners in Yemen

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 01:15