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Bombs kill 137 at mosques in Yemen and IS purportedly lays claim

The so-called Islamic State purportedly claimed it committed Friday’sbombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by the Shiites in Yemen’s capital — an attack that would mark IS’s first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country

 

The so-called Islamic State purportedly claimed it committed Friday’sbombings that killed scores of people at two mosques frequented by the Shiites in Yemen’s capital — an attack that would mark IS’s first large-scale attack in the Arabian Peninsula country.

At least 137 people were martyred and 357 wounded when suicide bombers, pretending to be disabled and hiding explosives under casts, attacked the mosques in Sanaa, according to Yemen’s state-run Saba news agency.

A written statement, purportedly from IS, claimed that IS executedFriday’s attacks, calling them “a tip of an iceberg.”

A separate explosion rocked a government compound in the city of Saada — 180 kilometers (112 miles) northeast of Sanaa — killing two people and seriously wounding a third, according to a security official.

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