At least 26 people have died and many others received injuries after an unknown attacker set off a powerful truck bomb outside a presidential compound in Mukalla, southeastern Yemen, said a doctor in the town. "The bodies of twenty soldiers were left at the mortuary and there are many injured," he told AFP.
Al-Qaida is responsible for the suicide bombing in Mukalla in retaliation for the Republican Guard’s crimes,” an al-Qaida source told Reuters news.
The attack comes hours after Yemen's new President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi took the oath of office, replacing , who resigned after months of protest against his rule.
Mansour took the oath before Parliament, vowing to preserve the country's unity, independence and integrity. During the presidential elections, he was the only candidate and obtained the support of 99.8% of voters in the presidential elections earlier this week, his country’s first since 1978.
According to Alarabiya news, after Hadi's speech, protesters in the southern city of Aden clashed with security forces, killing one soldier, a local security official said. Two soldiers and two protesters were injured, medics added.
On Friday, the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has returned to Yemen following a three-week medical treatment in the United States for the injuries he received last summer.