SANAA, Yemen: Yemen’s Islamic State affiliate has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing that struck a naval base in the southern port city of Mukalla, killing at least six troops.
The claim came in an online statement posted by the group’s supporters on Twitter. IS says a suicide bomber detonated his vehicle at the headquarters of “Hadi’s apostate militias” on Thursday, a reference to forces loyal to Yemen’s internationally-recognized government of Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.
The IS group did not claim two other blasts, which targeting a military compound in Mukalla on Thursday.
Officers from the Saudi-led coalition were seen visiting the sites the recent days, after the coalition — with U.S. help routed al-Qaida nearly a year after it seized Mukalla.