Suicide bombers kill 137 people in Yemen, injure 350 others
SANAA, Yemen – At least 137 people are dead and about 350 more were injured in a series of suicide bombings in Yemen.
Authorities say bombers attacked two mosques during Friday prayers.
After the explosions that one witness compared to an earthquake, there was yelling in the streets as others carried wounded away from the scene.
One worshipper described hearing a blast outside the mosque before another bomber walked inside, setting off more explosives.
Survivors described the bomb sites as “rivers of blood” with limbs scattered on the floor.
Some children were among the injured.
Between the two mosques, there were reports of at least four suicide bombs.
“We deplore the brutality of the terrorists who perpetrated today’s unprovoked attack on Yemeni citizens who were peacefully engaging in Friday prayers in their places of worship,” said Josh Earnest, the White House spokesperson.
The White House cast doubt on a statement by a group claiming to be the branch of ISIS in Yemen that it was behind the suicide attacks.
If ISIS was behind the bombings, it would be the first major attack by ISIS supporters in Yemen.
A powerful wing of Al Qaeda already operates in Yemen and ISIS and Al Qaeda are rivals.
Friday’s attacks represent the deadliest violence in Yemen in decades.