Al Qaeda has threatened more attacks in Yemen after it claimed one of its suicide bombers killed at least 90 soldiers and wounded over 200 others.
An affiliate of the militant Islamist group said more would follow unless a US-backed campaign against them in the country did not stop.
Yemen is seen by Washington as a frontline state in its global war on al Qaeda.
Speaking in Chicago at the Nato summit, President Barack Obama gave his response to the al Qaeda attack:
“We’re going to continue to work with the Yemeni government to try to identify AQAP (al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based affiliate) leadership and operations and try to thwart them. That’s important for U.S. safety. It’s also important for the stability of Yemen and for the region.”
Monday’s attack was the deadliest in Yemen since Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was elected president in February. He’s vowed to step up the fight against militant strongholds in the south.
Exploiting the turmoil after protests ousted Yemen’s former president, militants have seized large swathes of territory.
The carnage on Monday was clearly targeted at soldiers as the US increases its military support for Yemen’s government.