The death toll in an Islamic State attack on an army recruiting center in Aden, Yemen, has risen to 71, making it the deadliest jihadist attack on the Yemeni city in over a year.
Security officials tell AFP the attacker drove the car bomb into a gathering of recruits at a school in the north of the port city.
The assault killed at least 71 people and wounded 98, medical sources tell AFP.
The recruits were among 5,000 newly enrolled soldiers being trained to fight the Houthi rebels in the north along the border with Saudi Arabia, military sources said.
Although the complex was locked as recruits registered inside, the attacker drove in when the gate was opened for a delivery vehicle, officials say.
Witnesses say some recruits were buried when a roof collapsed after the blast which left a gaping hole on the building’s facade.
Debris was scattered around the complex and nearby buildings were damaged.