“The bombs exploded almost simultaneously just after sundown on the eve of Ramadan” — and so the month in which Muslims rededicate themselves to the service of Allah gets a bloody kickoff, in what the perpetrators no doubt believe to be a great act of service to Allah.
The Yemeni capital was rocked on Wednesday night by five bombs that targeted mosques and a house of a senior Houthi militaman.
Thirty-one people were killed, according to AFP, with dozens feared injured, as the bombs exploded almost simultaneously just after sundown on the eve of Ramadan.
Two car bombs targeted mosques, while a third hit the house of the head of the Houthi militia politburo, Saleh al-Sammad. Explosive devices also went off at two other mosques.
It was not immediately possible to obtain a more detailed breakdown of the numbers of people killed and wounded.
Video footage that purports to be from the scene of one of the explosions, outside the Green Dome Mosque in Hayel Street, shows fire spreading to nearby buildings after the huge blast.
A separate clip shows bystanders rushing to the site of the blasts to try and rescue the wounded.
The mosques that were targeted were frequented by Houthi supporters, according to Yemeni journalist Nasser Arabyee.
The mosques are in residential areas of the city populated by civilians.
Ahmed Sayaghi, a Yemeni whose house is 200m from the site of the Green Dome mosque bombing, told Middle East Eye that he heard a “huge” explosion from where he was standing at a hospital nearly a kilometre from the blast site.
“The blast happened exactly at the time of sundown prayers. As is the case after every explosion, huge crowds of people gathered at the site of the bombing.”…
Islamic State (IS) in Yemen, which recently announced that it has active branches in Yemen, put out an official statement just over an hour after the attacks claiming responsibility for them.
In the statement, IS said the attacks had been carried out “as revenge for Muslims against the Rafidi Houthis,” using a derogatory term for Shiite Muslims.
Two previous similar attacks involving bombs placed outside mosques have later been claimed by IS….