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Senior Yemen al-Qaida official condemns Islamic State bombing of Shiite mosques

  • Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis hold up their weapons as they ride on an armored vehicle near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said.  (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

    Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis hold up their weapons as they ride on an armored vehicle near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis ride on a tank near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said.  (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

    Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis ride on a tank near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)  (The Associated Press)

  • Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis ride on armored vehicles near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said.  (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)

    Fighters against Shiite rebels known as Houthis ride on armored vehicles near the strait of Bab al-Mandab, west of the southern port city of Aden, to take back the control of the strait, Yemen, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Earlier in the day, pro- government forces captured a key Houthi encampment near the Bab al-Mandab straight, the strategic southern entrance to the Red Sea and the gateway to the Suez Canal, security officials said. (AP Photo/Wael Qubady)  (The Associated Press)

A senior operative in Yemen's al-Qaida affiliate has condemned the recent bombings of local Shiite mosques by the Islamic State group.

Both al-Qaida and the Islamic State group regard Shiite Muslims as apostates. But in a video released early Friday, Khaled Batarfi said that al-Qaida leaders Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri had both banned the practice of attacking mosques.

The IS group has claimed responsibility for two bombings outside Shiite mosques that killed more than 20 people, saying the attacks were a blow against the Shiite rebels who control the capital, Sanaa. Batarfi said the bombings, "killed far more Sunnis than Shiites."