Yemen: 137 dead, 345 injured in attacks on Shiite mosques

ISIS claims responsibility, massacres during Friday prayers

20 March, 18:06

    A forensic expert inspects the scene of a suicide attack targeting the al-Hashahush mosque in Sanaa, Yemen. A forensic expert inspects the scene of a suicide attack targeting the al-Hashahush mosque in Sanaa, Yemen.

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Four suicide bombers blasted themselves Friday in three mosques frequented by Shiites in northern Yemen - two in Sanaa and one in Saada.

    At least 137 died and 345 were wounded in Sanaa, while in Saada just the attacker died, according to Al Masirah television, which is property of Houthi rebels who control the Yemeni capital. ISIS militiamen, who are Sunni, claimed responsibility for the massacres.

    The attacks took place in Sanaa during the collective Friday prayer. One suicide bomber blasted the Badr mosque, in the south of the city. Another did the same outside as worshippers were fleeing in terror. A third bomber set off the his explosive belt in the Al-Hashahush mosque in northern Sanaa.

    According to a medical source, victims included a top Houthi cleric, the Imam of the Badr mosque, Zayd al-Muhatwari.(ANSAmed).

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