Monday, December 18, 2017

Car bomb kills 25 in Yemen

SANA, Yemen — A car bomb outside the gate of a presidential compound in southern Yemen killed at least 25 people, hours after the country's new president was formally inaugurated and vowed to fight al-Qaida.

The Associated Press said it was told by a security official that the attack in the city of Mukalla in Hadramaut province was carried out by a suicide bomber, and that it bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaida operation. Both al-Qaida and southern separatists are active in the region.

A health official confirmed the death toll, AP reported.

The blast came hours after Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was sworn in as president to replace longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, following an election aimed at ending more than a year of political turmoil.

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