Death toll hits 142 from attacks in Yemen mosques

Published March 20th, 2015 - 11:09 GMT

At least 142 people were killed and hundreds more wounded after four suicide bomb attackers targeted mosques during Friday prayers in Yemen's capital, Al Arabiya reported. 

Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attacks, though the group's involvement in unconfirmed. The White House said there is no evidence linking the militants to the explosions, AP reported

The bombs detonated in al-Badr and al-Hashahush mosques in Sanaa. Both are known to be primarily attended by Houthi supporters.

The attacks come a day after President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's palace in Aden was targeted with airstrikes. The country has been divided since Houthi fighters stormed Sanaa in September and later forced Hadi's administration to resign. The rebel group dissolved the parliament and took control of the government in February.

The international community continues to recognize Hadi as leader of Yemen and has refused to acknowledge Houthis. 

A top Houthi leader, Abdel-Karim al-Kheiwan was shot dead in Sanaa on Wednesday. Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for the assassination.

This is a developing story; please check back for more updates


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