Daesh kitchen bomb attack kills 7 in Yemen

The blast hit an army mess hall in the port city of Aden. (AFP)
Updated 14 March 2018
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Daesh kitchen bomb attack kills 7 in Yemen

ADEN: Seven people were killed in Yemen’s port city of Aden on Tuesday when a car bomb ripped through a military kitchen used by Yemeni forces trained and backed by the UAE, medics said.
One of the dead was a young boy walking in the street at the time of the blast, they said. Fifteen people were wounded.
Witnesses said the blast was caused by a car laden with explosives, apparently driven by a suicide bomber toward the kitchen in Al-Derain area in northern Aden. The force of the blast damaged stores and cars nearby.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack, the second of its kind targeting security forces in the city, where UAE forces from the Arab coalition that has been operating in Yemen since 2015 hold sway. The coalition, armed and backed by the West, joined the Yemen conflict in March 2015 after the Iran-aligned Houthi militia pushed toward Aden.
Last month, Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack targeting the headquarters of a counter-terrorism unit in Aden that killed at least 14 people, including the attackers.
Meanwhile, Yemen’s army killed 17 Houthi militants and wounded several others in Al-Bayda province, Saudi state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya reported.
A military source said the resistance was also able to liberate sites in the Qifa and Al-Qoraisha directorates.


Turkey keeps 1 activist under arrest, releases 12 others

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Turkey keeps 1 activist under arrest, releases 12 others

  • Istanbul’s Bilgi University’s Yigit Aksakoglu has been arrested over allegations of supporting mass anti-government protests in 2013
  • Reports indicated the activists were linked to prominent philanthropist Osman Kavala

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s official news agency says one person has been kept in custody in an investigation over allegations of supporting mass anti-government protests in 2013 with links to a prominent philanthropist.
Anadolu Agency reported early Sunday that Yigit Aksakoglu, who works at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, has been arrested. Aksakoglu is also the country representative of the private Bernard van Leer Foundation for childhood development.
On Friday, Turkish police detained 14 civil society figures in four provinces, including academics and activists, prompting international statements of concern. Twelve people were released with judicial conditions.
They are being investigated for links to Osman Kavala, a businessman and civil society leader who has been in prison for more than a year without an indictment. He is accused of attempting to overthrow the government.