The Islamic State’s “Aden-Abyan Province” claimed responsibility for four suicide bombings in Yemen earlier today. The attacks targeted forces from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the deposed Yemeni government, all of which have been battling Shiite Houthi rebels.
The Islamic State’s claim was disseminated via Twitter and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
The first bomber targeted the Al Qasr hotel, where members of President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi’s former government have been reportedly stationed. Yemeni Prime Minister Khaled Bahah was also staying at the hotel, according to Agence France Presse.
The Islamic State describes Al Qasr as the “government’s headquarters.” A second attacker followed up the first by driving a “booby-trapped Hummer to bring down the headquarters of the government,” which is apparently a reference to the same hotel. […]