Al Jazeera have reported an attack by suicide bombers on two mosques in the Yemeni capital during midday prayers on Friday, killing 137 people and injuring 345 others. “Dozens of people have been injured or killed. We will understand the exact numbers of [the] dead and wounded soon. These are two very central and commonly used mosques,”
According to witnesses, one of the suicide bombers detonated his explosives inside the Badr mosque, causing panic as dozens of worshippers rushed toward the outside gates. A second bomber then attacked amid the panicked crowds trying to escape.
ISIL have claimed responsibility, threatening that these attacks were “only a part of the coming flood”. However, Al Jazeera said that intelligence experts believe ISIL’s claim was questionable, saying they suspect either al-Qaeda or anti-Houthi fighters were behind the attacks.
Mohamed Qubaty, a Yemeni political advisor, blamed President Saleh and his supporters for the attacks and the instability blighting the country. “What we have seen today is a plot to widen the schism between the Sunnis and Zaydis,” he said.
The Houthis belong to the Shia Zaydi sect, whose followers make up about 30 percent of Yemen’s population.
- Pray for peace and stability for Yemen, and a speedy solution to the current political vacuum caused by the Houthi take over in the Capital City early this year.
- Pray for an end to the sectarian violence between Sunni factions such as Al Qaeda and ISIL, and the Shia Zyadis.
- Pray for those caught in the middle, the victims of violence, to find peace, hope and healing and above all, find truth in the Gospel of Jesus.
- Pray for God to reveal himself to many people in Yemen, through dreams and vision and also through satellite Christian TV programmes. Also for protection for Yemen Christians.
Isaiah 60 vs 18: “Violence shall no more be heard in your land, devastation or destruction within your borders; you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise.”