JNN 21 Mar 2015 Sanaa : At least 142 people were killed and 351 were wounded when suicide bombers blew themselves up at two mosques attended by Shiite worshipers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Friday, medical sources said.
There are conflicting reports on the number of casualties as they continue to rise. CNN cited two Houthi officials who said the death toll was 120 people, while 300 more were injured.
The Terrorists of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) issued a statement claiming responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks., according to their statement cited by Reuters.
Two suicide bombers attacked two mosques in the capital of Sanaa during Friday prayers, killing at least 55 people, while at least 33 others were killed in two bombing attacks against a government building and a mosque in the Shiite Houthi stronghold of Saada province.
In Sanaa, the bombers detonated explosives at two mosques controlled by the Shiite Houthi group, a security official said on condition of anonymity, adding that most of the dead were supporters of the Houthi group.
One bomb exploded inside Badr mosque in southern Sanaa, and was followed by another at the gate as worshippers fled, witnesses said.
The third suicide bomber targeted Al-Hashahush mosque in northern Sanaa.
The Huthi militia’s Al-Massira television said hospitals in the capital had made urgent appeals for blood donations.
This is the second bombing attack in Sanaa this year after an al-Qaida car bombing attack against the police academy killed at least 50 cadets on Jan. 7.
In Saada province, at least 15 Houthi fighters were killed on Friday noon when a bombing attack hit a government building in Saada city, the provincial capital of Saada province in northern Yemen, a Houthi source told Xinhua.
The Shiite Houthi group took over control of Sanaa in last September and met strong resistance in the central and southern regions by powerful Sunni tribes and Sunni-dominated al-Qaida network.
On Thursday, tribal militia fought against security forces supported by the Houthi group in the southern port city of Aden, the second biggest city in the country, killing at least 15 people.