Yemen: Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 135 at Shiite Mosques

An injured girl carried by a man out of a mosque that was attacked by a suicide bomber in Sanaa, Yemen, on March 20, 2015. (Photo: Khaled Abdullah/Reuters)

Yemen: Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 135 at Shiite Mosques

Group claiming affiliation with ISIS claimed responsibility, but link has not been independently verified

Suicide bomb attacks on two Shiite mosques in Yemen's capital on Friday killed at least 135 people and wounded 345, according to the TV station Al Masirah, which is run by Shiite Houthi rebels, who overtook the city in September.

A medical source toldReuters the death toll was at least 126. Hospitals treating the wounded are overwhelmed and appealing for blood donations.

"I was going to pray at the mosque then I heard the first explosion, and a second later I heard another one," a witness of the Badr mosque attack told Reuters.

"Dozens of people have been injured or killed. We will understand the exact numbers of [the] dead and wounded soon. These are two very central and commonly used mosques," the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Post newspaper, Hakim Almasmari, told reporters, according to The Independent.

A group claiming to be an affiliate of the so-called Islamic State, or ISIS, said it was responsible for the onslaught at the Badr and Hashoush mosques in Sanaa. However, the link has not been independently verified, and the Guardianemphasized there is no proof of an ISIS role.

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