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Suicide bomber kills 23 in Aden

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AM

SANAA (AP):

A suicide bomber yesterday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing at least 45 soldiers and wounding another 30, security officials said.

They said the bomber detonated a belt of explosives he was wearing amid hundreds of soldiers lining up to collect their salaries in the city's Solban army base.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.

Waleed Rashed, a soldier in the base, arrived at the scene shortly after the attack to find the area littered with bodies and blood.

"I could hear the wounded soldiers screaming for help," he said.

Private cars were used to ferry the wounded to hospitals before ambulances arrived, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack but it bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida, which has carried out a series of deadly attacks in Aden over the years, targeting government troops and senior security commanders.

The terror network's branch in Yemen is thought to be the world's most active. It is known to have a presence in Aden, where a loose coalition of troops loyal to the internationally recognised government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, local militias and jihadi groups control the city.