Militants destroy an abandoned church in Yemen

Published December 10th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT

AFP reports that an abandoned Catholic church was blown up on Wednesday in Aden, Yemen.

Four armed men surrounded the building and detonated explosives at the church, according to security officials and witnesses. 

Nearby residents said that the church was completely demolished.

No group has claimed responsibility for the act, but a source told AFP that the police suspect militants from either Daesh or al-Qaeda. Both groups have been gaining members and increasing their presence in Yemen in recent months.

In September, arsonists burned another Catholic church in Aden.

 

The church had been built in the 1950s when Aden was a British protectorate, but had gone unused for many years. During British colonial rule, there were up to 22 churches in Aden. Now, only a few are operating, mostly hosting foreign aid workers and African refugees.

Aden is the second largest city in Yemen and the current home of embattled President Hadi and his government. Yemen has been at war since March 2015.


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