CAIRO: Egypt strongly condemned Friday the attacks on two mosques in Yemeni Capital Sanaa and led to the death of at least 130 people and the injury of more than 350, Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Badr Abdel Atty stated Saturday.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves during Shiite prayers at two mosques at Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthis, a Shiite group. The “State of Yemen,” allegedly affiliated to the Islamic States (IS), claimed its responsibility for the attacks through an unspecified Twitter account, numerous Media reported.
“Egypt… condemns any acts of terrorism and crimes targeting innocent civilians everywhere, and Islam is far away from these heinous acts. That terrorism has no religion or homeland,” Abdel Atty added.
AP reported that al-Qaeda of Yemen denied carrying out the attacks as such acts contradict with Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahry’s instructions.
Yemen has seen security and political turmoil since the Houthis gained control of most parts of governorates in September 2014. The Houthis, which have received arms and assistance from Iran, group clashed with U.S.-backed Yemeni military troops near the Presidential Palace in Sanaa, where the Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, his Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and the Cabinet members were placed under house arrest on Jan.19.
During the home arrest, the President and the Cabinet members announced their resignation. However, Hadi escaped from Sanaa to the southern city of Aden Feb. 22, and announced that he was still the “legitimate president.” He announced that Aden is the official capital of Yemen rather than Sanaa on March 7.
The conflicting parts started to hold indirect talks with Saudi-based Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) soon.