Iran has strongly condemned the recent deadly terrorist attack against Shiites in central Yemen, expressing sympathy with the families of the victims.
On Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham underlined the necessity for cooperation among all political and social parties in Yemen in implementing the recent UN-brokered peace deal between the government and Ansarullah fighters.
Yemen has been grappling with a tough political conflict between the central government and Ansarullah revolutionaries, also known as Houthis, who played a major role in the ouster of the country’s longtime dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The Iranian official said the Yemeni people’s vigilance will uproot the scourge of terrorism in the country.
On Wednesday, over 30 people were killed and dozens of others wounded after an assailant blew his explosives in a cultural center in the city of Ibb, where a group of the Shiite Houthi movement’s Ansarullah fighters were preparing to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be upon Him).
No group has claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, but the al-Qaeda group in Yemen has targeted Houthis in the past.
Over the past months, al-Qaeda militants have frequently carried out attacks on Yemen’s security forces. The militants have also been engaged in battles with the Shiite Ansarullah fighters.
Yemen’s central government has so far failed to confront the terrorist threat.