29 Killed in Yemen Mosque Explosion

Published: 24th September 2015 11:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th September 2015 11:47 AM   |  A+A-

SANAA: At least 29 people were killed on Thursday when a blast rocked a mosque near the Yemeni capital, a media report said.

Two suicide bombers are said to have blown themselves up during prayers at Houthi-run Balili mosque in Sanaa during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, witnesses said.

"At least 29 killed in Sanaa Mosque explosion. Dozens of the injured in critical condition," Yemen Post Newspaper tweeted.

The blast happened in the Balili mosque near a police academy in Sanaa, which is controlled by the Houthi Shiite insurgents, according to witnesses, some of whom reported dead and wounded.

The Yemeni capital has been shaken by a string of bombings of Shiite mosques in recent months claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

The radical Sunni Muslim group considers Shiites to be heretics and has also claimed bombings of mosques in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

The Iran-backed Huthi rebels have seized several regions of Yemen including Sanaa which they overran a year ago.

Pro-government forces backed by Saudi-led air strikes have recently managed to wrest back some southern provinces, including Yemen's second city of Aden.

The Islamic State group and the Yemen-based branch of its jihadist rival Al-Qaeda have exploited the turmoil to boost their activities in the impoverished country.

(With inputs from IANS and AFP)

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