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IS claim deadly blast at Yemen military training camp

Pro-government fighters in Yemen's southern port city of Aden [AFP]

Date of publication: 29 August, 2016

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Gathering of soldiers targeted in the de facto base of Yemen's Saudi-backed government.

At least 60 people have been killed and several more wounded after a suicide car bomb attack on Monday at army training camp in the Yemeni city of Aden, authorities reported.

According to AFP, an official said that the assailant rammed his vehicle into a crowd of new recruits in the southern port city.

The local hospital run by Medcins Sans Frontieres received at least 45 dead bodies in the immediate aftermath of the attack, a hospital source told Reuters. Sources from all three hospitals who received casualties later reported that at least 60 people were killed, with some 29 people wounded.

"Security services are still evacuating the dead and wounded," an official said.

A tweet from MSF Yemen reporting an earlier death toll [Twitter/MSF Yemen]

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack via the militants' affiliated Amaq news agency.

Aden, which has acted as the base for Yemen's embattled government, has witnessed numerous attacks against security officials during the country's civil war which has raged on since early 2015.

While the internationally recognised government is locked in a fierce battle with Houthi rebels who control the capital Sanaa, militant groups including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State group have made inroads into the country.

These militants have committed previous attacks on Aden, where hunderds of government troops are currently being trained for operations against al-Qaeda and the IS group in nearby provinces.

Since pro-government airstrikes began by the Saudi-led coalition in 2015, over 6,600 people have been killed - the majority of whom are civilians.

Yemen is the Middle East's poorest nation, with the UN reporting that over 80 percent of the country's population is in need of humanitarian assistance.

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