Twin attacks killed about 49 in Aden, Houthis claim responsibilty

Two attacks by Houthi rebels and a suicide bomber killed at least 49 people on Thursday in Yemen’s interim capital Aden.

Soldiers screamed and ran to lift the wounded and place them on trucks. Red berets lay on the ground in pools of blood as several soldiers cried near the body of a commander who was a leading figure among southern separatists.

Mohammed Rabid, a senior official at the health ministry, told reporters in Aden that 49 people were killed and 48 others were wounded in the two attacks.

The first attack was a suicide car bombing carried out at a police station, a security source said.

“Ten people were killed, and we admitted 16 injured, including two in critical condition in MSF surgical hospital in Aden, following this morning explosion in Sheikh Othman police station,” Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) said on Twitter.

The second attack was carried out by the Houthi rebels, who said they launched a drone and a ballistic missile at a training camp west of Aden.

A Houthi rebel spokesperson told AFP that Thursday’s attack was an “intelligence operation” in which “a new kind of missile that we have not unveiled was used as well as a drone that provided support in a big way.”

The Yemeni government accused Houthis and AQAP to have ties and share roles.

“The two attacks prove the Houthi militia rebels and other terrorist groups are sharing roles and complementing each other in a war against the Yemeni people,” the government said in a statement.

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