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Dozens die in Yemen suicide attack

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By Catherine Hardy  with AFP, Reuters
Dozens die in Yemen suicide attack

<p><br /> <br /> </p> <p>A suicide bomber has killed at least 43 soldiers in the southern Yemeni port of Aden.</p> <p>It comes a week after <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants killed 50 troops.</p> <p>Officials say the soldiers were queuing up to collect their salaries near a military base in the Khor Maksar district when an attacker blew himself up.</p> <p>At least 60 other troops are said to have been wounded.</p> <p>Officials are warning the death toll could rise.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Claimed by <span class="caps">ISIL</span></strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p><span class="caps">ISIL</span> have said they were behind the bombing.</p> <p>The militant group said it was carried out by a suicide bomber identified as Abu Hashem al-Radfani.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>Aden – an important city</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Aden is the second-biggest city in Yemen and is the temporary capital of the country’s internationally-recognised government-in-exile in neighbouring Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The administration has struggled to establish its control in the city as militants have launched dozens of attacks against its forces.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The background</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>Al Qaeda and <span class="caps">ISIL</span> have exploited nearly two years of conflict in the impoverished country to carry out assassinations and bombings.</p> <p>Most have been in lawless areas of southern Yemen, nominally controlled by the government.</p> <p>Saudi Arabia and its allies in a mostly-Gulf Arab military coalition have been bombing Yemen’s dominant Houthi movement in parts of the country under its control since it drove the government from power in March 2015.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>The death toll from the conflict</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>The UN estimates more than 7,000 people have been killed and 37,000 injured in the 21-month-long conflict.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <p>“The attacker targeted soldiers who had gathered in front of the residence, in an open and non-secured environment,” – <strong>a military official</strong>.</p> <br /> <br /> <h3><strong>In tweets</strong></h3> <br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dozens of Yemeni soldiers killed in Aden suicide bombing <a href="https://t.co/fYB22erpN3">https://t.co/fYB22erpN3</a> <a href="https://t.co/Sfk4aQd6VZ">pic.twitter.com/Sfk4aQd6VZ</a></p>— <span class="caps">FRANCE</span> 24 (@FRANCE24) <a href="https://twitter.com/FRANCE24/status/810383497911115776">December 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br /> <br /> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Suicide attack kills more than 40 soldiers in Yemeni city of Aden, security officials say. <a href="https://t.co/xdXX5fzjtX">https://t.co/xdXX5fzjtX</a> <a href="https://t.co/GMPK73M2w8">pic.twitter.com/GMPK73M2w8</a></p>— <span class="caps">CNN</span> Breaking News (@cnnbrk) <a href="https://twitter.com/cnnbrk/status/810390003301879809">December 18, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>