At least 46 people have died and more than 200 have been left injured after suicide bombers attacked two mosques in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, local media reports.

Worshippers were attending noon prayers at the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques when at least three attackers detonated their explosive vests.

One witness told the Associated Press that two attackers worked together to cause mass casualties at the Badr mosque. One attackers reportedly walked into the mosque and exploded his vest, causing worshippers to rush outside where a second bomber blew up.

The two mosques are mostly attended by supporters of the Houthi rebel movement, which controls the city, but it is currently unclear who was behind the attack.

Al-Qaeda has regained a strong presence in Yemen since the 2011 anti-government uprising and has previously launched attacks similar attacks in the country.

The country is in a politically precarious position, with Houthi rebels in control of Sanna since September last year, and a constant threat of attacks from al-Qaeda, which has significantly grown in strength in the country since the anti-government uprising in 2011.

Yesterday, the palace in the southern city of Aden being used by President Hadi was targeted by an unidentified warplane, and Houthis clashed with troops and militiamen loyal to the president at the city’s airport. At least 13 people were killed in four hour battle, before the Houthis were repelled.



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