Suicide Bomber Kills at Least 23 in Central Yemen


A suicide bomber killed at least 23 people in central Yemen on Wednesday when he blew himself up at a cultural centre where students were celebrating the Prophet Mohammad`s birthday, state news agency Saba said.

At least 48 people were also injured, including many women and children and women, the deputy director of the provincial health department said, according to Saba. The celebration, in the city of Ibb, was organised by the Houthis, the group that controls most of Yemen.

No one claimed responsibility for attack, but it resembles bombings carried out by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which operates in Yemen. AQAP regards Shi`ites, the sect of Islam to which the Houthis belong, as heretics.

Tensions have increased in Yemen since the Houthis captured Sanaa in September and expanded south and west of the capital. The Western-allied country, which shares a long border with the world`s top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, had been trying to overcome an al Qaeda threat before the Houthi advance.

Medics and residents earlier put Wednesday`s death toll at 33, saying that 20 bodies were transferred to al-Thawra hospital and 13 others were taken to another hospital.

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SOURCE: Zee News, Reuters