People watch as smoke billows from al-Qasr hotel after it was hit by explosions in the western suburbs of Yemen’s southern port city of Aden, October 6, 2015. Unidentified assailants fired missiles at an Aden hotel housing Yemeni officials and at a Gulf military base in Aden on Tuesday, a government spokesman and residents said, in the biggest attack on the government since it retook the city from Houthi foes in July. REUTERS/Stringer
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group said it was behind the deadly attacks Tuesday on the government headquarters and positions of the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemeni city of Aden that killed at least 15.
Prime Minister Khaled Bahah, who escaped the attack on the Al-Qasr, wrote on his Facebook page that two rockets had hit the hotel while other rockets fell elsewhere.
ISIS said a third suicide bomber, Aws al-Adani, drove a bomb-laden armored vehicle into a “central operations headquarters of Saudi and Emirati forces, killing dozens.”
Meanwhile, Abu Hamza al-Sanaani blew up a UAE-held military position using another armored vehicle, the group said.
The Emirati WAM news agency has reported that the attacks were carried out by the Iran-backed Houthi militia and their allies.
The rebels “targeted the government headquarters and several military positions (and) left 15 Arab coalition and Yemeni resistance martyrs,” said WAM.
The news agency said four Emirati soldiers were among the coalition forces that were killed and that several others were wounded.
The coalition said, in a statement published on the Saudi SPA news agency, that the attacks killed three Emiratis and one Saudi soldier.
It said Katyusha rockets had been used, and that coalition forces “responded to the source of fire and destroyed the vehicles” used to launch the assaults.
Tuesday’s claim is the first from ISIS for an attack against the Saudi-led coalition that has been bombing Iran-backed Shiite rebels since March.
Previously it only claimed attacks against Shiite mosques in Yemen.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia are among other Arab states taking part in a U.S.-led coalition pounding ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
On Sep. 4, a rebel missile attack in the eastern Yemeni province of Marib killed 67 coalition troops, including 52 Emirati soldiers.