Preliminary investigations by security officials show that the suicide bomber was wearing an “explosives-laden” vest.

The attack happened while the soldiers were lined up to collect their paychecks.

FOX News reports that the ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on ISIS-run Aamaq news agency. It identified the bomber as Abu Hashim al-Radfani and published a photo of him smiling and wearing a white vest as he stood next to the group’s black flag. It also posted photos it said were of the blast that killed nearly 70. It was not possible to immediately verify the claim.

The blast took place at the same military base that was also struck by a suicide bomber on Dec. 10, killing 57 soldiers. The ISIS Yemeni affiliate also claimed responsibility for that attack.

In addition to ISIS, Yemen is the longtime home to an active branch of al-Qaeda, widely regarded as the most dangerous of the international extremist group.

Today’s bombing came as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Saudi King Salman and others to discuss the war in Yemen.


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