Sana’a: A suicide bomber hit a mosque in the Yemeni capital Wednesday evening , killing at least 28 people in the latest such attack to be claimed by the Daesh group.
The Daesh group said a man identified as Qusai al-Sanaani blew himself inside the mosque in the northern Jarraf district after sunset prayers.
In a statement on Twitter, Daesh added that a bomb-laden vehicle parked nearby exploded as medics arrived on the scene.
Medical officials said at least 28 people were killed and 75 wounded, and the rebel website said that figure was “not final”.
Body parts were blown several metres (yards) away from the scene and nearby buildings were damaged, witnesses said.
They reported heavy deployment of Houthi gunmen, who set up new checkpoints across the capital right after the bombings.
Medical officials also said the death toll may rise with people now in operating rooms in several hospitals.
Witnesses said the car bomb exploded while people were carrying out wounded from inside the mosque, adding to the casualties.
One witness, Hamid Ali, said the explosions left body parts and bloodied floors in the mosque frequented by both Sunni and Shiite Muslims. Those wounded pleaded for help.
Earlier Wednesday, gunmen shot dead two Yemenis working for the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday as they were traveling from the northern Saada province to the capital, Sanaa, the group said.
Rima Kamal, an ICRC spokeswoman in Sanaa, says the two were killed in Amran province. Both Amran and Saada are fully controlled by the Houthis.