Two suicide bombers had blown themselves up at a mosque in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Thursday, the first day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, martyring 29 prayers and causing many casualties, witnesses and medics said.
The blast happened in the al-Balili mosque in the al-Safya district, said the Ansarullah group’s website. The bombing came as Muslims around the world celebrated the Eid al-Adha – the feast of sacrifice – which Muslims mark by prayers in congregation at mosques.
Witnesses reported that after a first blast inside the mosque, a suicide bomber detonated an explosives belt at the entrance as worshipers rushed outside. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Sanaa has been shaken by a string of bombings by “ISIL” in recent months. The radical Takfiri group had also claimed bombings of mosques in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
“ISIL” and the Yemen-based branch of its rival al-Qaeda had exploited the turmoil to boost their activities in the impoverished country.
Source: Al-Ahed news