Tuesday, 22 May 2012

90 Killed as Sucide Bomber strikes at Yamen

A sucide bomber at Yamen on the 21st May, 2012 killed about 90 soldiers and wounded 222 at a military parade rehearsal in the Yemeni Capital Sanaa.

The Defense Minister and Chief of Staff were both present at the rehearsal fot the Tuesday's National Day Parade although none of them was hurt

"We had just finished the parade. We were saluting our commander when a huge explosion went off," said soldier Amr Habib. "It was a gruesome attack. Many soldiers were killed and others had their arms and legs blown off."

Weakened by an uprising that eventually toppled former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen's government has lost control over whole swathes of the country, allowing militants to overrun several towns in the southern province of Abyan.

The attack, along with an ambush on Sunday on a U.S. military training team, indicated their campaign could be entering a dangerous new stage. A U.S. military instructor was seriously wounded in Sunday's ambush, claimed by militant group Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law), which is affiliated to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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