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Islamic State sympathizers online claim Yemen bomb attacks

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Shiite rebels known as Houthis stand next to a wreckage of a vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack in Sanaa, Yemen, yesterday.

SANAA (AP):

Supporters of the Islamic State group have posted an online statement claiming its militants detonated four car bombs targeting two Shiite mosques and two Shiite rebel offices in Yemen's capital, Sanaa.

Security officials had said yesterday's bombings were carried out by suicide attackers against offices of the Shiite rebels known as Houthis, who control Sanaa. But the statement online suggests the cars were booby trapped.

The Health Ministry said "preliminary" reports indicate the blasts killed four people and wounded 60.

The claim, if true, would further complicate the ongoing war in Yemen that pits the Houthis and breakaway army units against an array of forces, including local tribesmen, loyalists to the exiled president and al-Qaida militants.

Yemen also has been under heavy bombardment by Saudi-led coalition since March.