DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:10 P.M.) – Upwards of 69 Yemeni troops were killed-in-action in the port city of Aden on Sunday as jihadist sleeper cells infiltrated and blasted government buildings in an ISIS-inspired terror attack.
According to a bulletin released by Amaq Agency, Islamic State militants stormed the Department of Criminal Investigation and Interior Ministry in the Khor Maksar District of Aden City in the early morning hours.
The attack was initiated by a suicide bomber who drove a vehicle filled with explosives into a gathering of security guards that were manning the main gate. If one is to believe the ISIS outlet, the initial blast alone took out 9 vehicles and killed 29 people.
Upon wiping out those tasked with defending the site, three ISIS fighters stormed the facility and killed 21 officers, destroying a further four vehicles in the process.
The Saudi-backed Yemeni Army then rushed reinforcements to the ministry, prompting one of three ISIS members to detonate his explosive belt, supposedly taking out 3 armored vehicles and inflicting 30 casualties (killed and wounded alike) upon government troops.
Counter-insurgency efforts lasted for about 11 hours but eventually died out on Sunday evening as all remaining ISIS militants were discovered and shot dead.
Yemeni officials confirmed that the attack had taken place but stressed that the situation was contained at all times and insisted that only 7 soldiers had died with an additional 12 injured due to the suicide bombing and skirmishes.