Four suicide bombers today in Yemen, capital of Sanaa, blew themselves up in two mosques during Friday prayers killing at least 142 people.
Both mosques are known to be used mainly by supporters of the Shiite Muslim Houthi group which has seized control of the government.
The Islamic State group, an al Qaeda offshoot of Sunni extremists, claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to an online statement by the group.
The four bombers attacked the Badr and al-Hashoosh mosques during midday Friday prayers, traditionally the most crowded time of the week, according to state news agency Saba.
The Shiite rebel-owned Al-Masirah TV channel said area hospitals were urging citizens to donate blood. It also reported that a fifth suicide bomb attack on another mosque was foiled in the northern city of Saada, a Houthi stronghold.
At the Badr mosque, militia guards caught the first bomber while searching worshippers at the entrance and he detonated his device there. Amid the ensuing panic, a second bomber entered the mosque and blew himself up in the crowd, Saba agency said.