Deadly Blast Hits Mosque in Yemen Killing at Least 25 During Eid Prayers

SHAFAQNA - A bomb attack targeting Shiite worshippers at a mosque in Yemen’s capital on Thursday killed at least 25 people and wounded dozens more during prayers for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, doctors said. 

The blast happened in the Balili mosque where Houthis who control Sana’a go to pray, according to witnesses. 

Witnesses reported that after a first blast inside the mosque, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at the entrance as worshippers rushed outside. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Sana’a has been shaken by a string of bombings by the ISIL terrorist group in recent months targeting Shiite followers. 

The attack comes as Saudi-led coalition has ramped up air strikes against the impoverished Yemen, which started in March in a bid to restore power to fugitive former president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of the Kingdom. 

ISIL and the Yemen-based branch of its extremist rival al-Qaeda have exploited the turmoil to boost their activities in the impoverished country.

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