Yemen Division of Islamic State Claims Suicide Bomb Attacks That Killed Scores

Hakim Almasmari and Asa Fitch, Wall Street Journal, March 20, 2015

A Yemeni division of Islamic State claimed responsibility for suicide bombings Friday that hit two mosques in Yemen’s capital that killed more than 100 people and raised the spectre of a potent new force in a conflict that has grown increasingly deadly in the past 48 hours.

The bombings targeted the Al Badr and Al Hashoosh mosques in San’a as worshipers gathered for midday prayers. At least 135 people, including Murtatha Al Mahathwari, a top Houthi religious leader, were killed in the blasts, according to the Yemeni Interior Ministry. The death toll was expected to rise, security officials added, but was already the highest ever in Yemen for a single terrorist operation.

Another bombing on Friday rocked a government compound in Saada province, a Houthi stronghold where the group’s leader, Abdul Malik Al Houthi, is based. Two people were killed and a third person was in critical condition, two local officials said.

The Yemeni Islamic State group San’a Province said in a message distributed on Twitter that four of its suicide bombers carried out the operations, according to a translation by the extremist-tracking SITE Intelligence Group. The claims couldn’t be independently verified.

The message decried the Houthis as “polytheists” and said the operations were “but the tip of the iceberg that is coming.”

If the claim of responsibility is accurate, the attacks would be the first known in Yemen by an Islamic State affiliate. {snip}


Friday’s attacks in Yemen were the first major strikes targeting Houthi-controlled mosques, and could further heighten sectarian tensions between the Shiite Muslim Houthis and their Sunni Muslim opponents.

They were also the deadliest terrorist attacks ever in Yemen. The next-highest death toll in a single terrorist operation was in 2012, when 101 people died in a suicide bombing targeting a military parade in San’a. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, Yemen’s potent al Qaeda offshoot, claimed responsibility for that attack.


Yemen has been in a state of turmoil since September, when Houthi militants overran San’a and demanded a greater say in state affairs. They are based in northern Yemen but have used their forces to extend their control in the south over the past months. The Houthis, which are estimated to make up around 30% of Yemen’s population, are part of the Zaidi offshoot of Shiite Islam.


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  • SentryattheGate

    As the quote goes: “Let God sort it out!”.

  • It just wouldn’t seem like Friday without ISIS slaughtering at least 100 people.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Hey, it’s Pictionary Friday too. Let’s play…

      • Ron Cheaters

        Desert Coons

      • Speedy Steve

        A coon? Dat am way cyst inch hit gnome sane?

    • It wouldn’t be Friday without Arabs behaving like Arabs, Negroes behaving like Negroes, and Hispanics behaving like Hispanics. You get the idea.

  • superlloyd

    Let’s hope the Sunnis and Shias engage in a full scale, internecine bloodbath to own the legacy of the religion of peace.

  • Reynardine

    But but but Arabic contributions to science! Really Baghdad was just full of technology and science and medicine 1400 years ago. Any day we’ll see that again…. any day now…

    • archer

      Iraq was Sumer in ancient times, they were credited with being the first historical civilization, I don’t doubt they made contributions along with the Persians, but when the eastern empire fell the Arabs took advantage of many technologies that were already present because of Roman and Greek culture with I’m sure contributions from the Egyptians.

      • Alden

        Sumerians were not Arabs

    • Speedy Steve

      Ooops they just torched the library and the museum.

  • They’ll still blame the United States anyway. Everyone does. When Salmon Rushdie wrote “The Satanic Verses”, the US was blamed, even though Rushdie was a Hindu Indian living in Britain.

    Use more Semtex next time, Abdul!

    • Alden

      Right,they burnt down the American embassy in Pakistan. Apparently they didn’t know the difference between America and England.

  • They created the religion of ‘peace’, and that is how they set the record for all the the peaceful things they have achieved, are achieving, and will always achieve.

    • George Moriarty

      Believe it or Islam did bring a measure of peace and unity to a very much divided and turbulent world following the collapse of the Roman Empire. But is was a peace and unity based on conquest and subjection and the peace only remained as long as the subjects followed the collect Islamic sect, Shiite or Sunni.
      Of course those internal wars within Islam go on to this very day just like Islam’s desire to conquer the world is going on all around us. As such we will be certain to read of yet another bomb blast or terror attack in today’s news.

      • Alden

        The Middle East was in the jurisdiction of the eastern Byzantine empire after the fall if Rome. The eastern Roman Empire did not fall until 1450.
        You confuse the eastern Roman Empire with the western empire.
        the period 400 to 650 was very peaceful under the Byzantine eastern Roman Empire
        There were no wars or revolutions during that tine

        • George Moriarty

          Hello Alden,
          Yes I probably did not get that completely correct, the main point I was trying to make was that if there is any peace associated with Islam it is only on their terms.

          • Alden

            I didn’t mean to jump on you

  • NoMosqueHere

    If this is what muslims do to each other, imagine what they would do to us.

  • LeonNJ

    Middle East history 101

    Gulf Arabs don’t like non Gulf Arabs, non Gulf Arabs don’t like Gulf Arabs, Turks hate Arabs, Arabs hate Turks, Iranians don’t like Sunnis and Gulf Arabs, Gulf Arabs don’t like Iranians and Shias, everyone hates Kurds, Kurds don’t like Turks or Arabs….

    • archer

      Obviously the only way to stop this bloodshed is to bring them all here where they can become Americkins and live happily ever after.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Arab Muslims killing Arab Muslims. I look forward to the indepth explanations of how it is the West’s fault…..

  • They preserved some ancient Greek work, while Western Christiandom was in the middle of a Church-orchestrated backlash against it.

    • Alden

      The truth is that those ancient
      Greek works were preserved by Arabs: Christian monks in Syria, Egypt and other Arab countries
      The caliph if Bagdad Haroun Al Rashid is credited with it, but it was all done by Christian monks who preserved and copied those works

  • Speedy Steve

    I’m going to pour a jigger of Highland Park. Who’ll join me?

  • Speedy Steve

    And greasing each other in their mosks is simply ketchup on the sheep’s eyes.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Evidently they need more money from Americans.

  • Hilis Hatki

    Stopping the behavior of some peoples is like trying to stop horses from horsing around.

  • ElComadreja

    135 dead? Well, it’s a start.