Bombings claimed by IS kill 12 in southern Yemen

In this Sunday, June 26, 2016 photo released by the Kuwait Ministry of Information and made available Monday, June 27, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, talks with a member of the Yemeni delegation during the Yemeni Peace Talks in Kuwait. Ban urged Yemen's warring factions to keep working toward a comprehensive agreement, warning that "time is not on the side of the Yemeni people," in remarks Sunday to delegates taking part in peace talks that began in Kuwait two months ago. (Kuwait Ministry of Information via AP)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni officials and witnesses say a series of attacks in the southern port city of Mukalla, including a suicide bombing, killed 12 people and wounded several others.

The officials say the targets of Monday’s attacks included intelligence offices, army barracks and checkpoints. Witnesses say gunfire echoed across the city, followed by ambulance sirens.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. The witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

An Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for four attacks, saying suicide bombers had struck counterterrorism forces.

A local al-Qaida affiliate seized Mukalla and held it for a year before being driven out in April by a Saudi-led military coalition.

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