IS suicide attack kills Yemeni recruits


A suicide attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State group has killed at least 25 people in southern Yemen.

Officials say the bomber detonated his explosives outside a police base in the port city of Mukalla, killing recruits as they queued up outside the building.

Islamic State’s jihadist rival, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was forced out of Mukalla last month by a Saudi-led military coalition.

The conflict in Yemen has displaced 2m people since 2011.

Hospitals in Mukalla were also treating at least 25 people wounded in the attack, reports said.

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula controlled Mukalla until last month

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The bombing is the second such attack in Mukalla claimed by so-called Islamic State (IS) since AQAP’s withdrawal from the city.

The group claimed a suicide car bomb attack on soldiers last week.

The port city of 500,000 people had been held for more than a year by AQAP, which has taken advantage of Yemen’s civil war to seize territory, weapons and money.

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