Catholic Church Blown up by Unidentified Attackers in Yemen
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Dec 09
Unidentified attackers recently blew up an abandoned Catholic Church in Yemen’s port city of Aden.
Charisma News reports that Islamic State forces frequently carry out attacks in Yemen, and since March, nearly 6,000 people have died in the conflict.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for killing Aden’s governor Jaafar Mohammed Saad on Sunday with a car bomb.
It is not known who the attackers of the Catholic church are.
The church was built in the British colonial era of the 1960’s and had already suffered damage from an airstrike in May.
According to Charisma News, Aden was once a busy port city and hub of business, but now it is largely a city of lawlessness and destruction.
Aden was also where Yemen’s small Christian population lived, but Yemen’s Christians have since fled the country due to Islamic State violence.
Aden’s new governor, Aidarus al-Zubaidi, has promised to “cleanse Aden of the partisans of chaos.”
“We won’t all chaos and a security vacuum which allows these elements to commit their crimes to continue in Aden,” al-Zubaidi stated.
Publication date: December 9, 2015