Daesh man dressed as woman kills 25 at Houthi mosque


At least 25 worshippers performing Eid Al-Adha prayers were killed on Thursday when a Daesh suicide bomber disguised as a woman blew himself up at a mosque run by Yemen’s Houthi group, security sources said.
Daesh’s branch in Yemen said the attack at Al-Balili mosque, just outside the Old City of Sanaa, had killed or wounded dozens of “rejectionists.” The militant group uses that term to describe Shiites it deems to be heretics.
“In a security operation facilitated by God as part of the acts of revenge for Muslims from the rejectionist Houthis, brother Abu Omar Al-Hadidi waded into a crowd of apostate Houthis at Al-Balili temple, detonated his suicide belt causing dozens to perish or to be injured…,” the statement said.
Medics said at least 36 other people were wounded. A Houthi website gave a death toll of at least 10, while Arab media said it was at least 25.
Witnesses had earlier described a twin suicide attack on the mosque, where worshippers were celebrating Eid Al-Adha, the feast of sacrifice.
Nayef, who lives nearby, said he heard one explosion followed quickly by a second. “We gathered to rescue the wounded. The situation is very painful and blood is everywhere.”
The witnesses said the first blast shook the mosque soon after worshippers gathered for prayers. A second suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt when Houthi guards tried to stop him rushing deep inside the mosque.
“We rushed outside and summoned the ambulances,” one witness said. Houthi fighters sealed off the area and shouted at onlookers to stay away.
Also Thursday, four children and an adult were killed when Houthis and their allies fired mortar shells into a residential neighborhood in the city of Taiz, independent security officials and health officials said. At least 21 civilians were wounded, they said.


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