Yemen minister survives car bomb..12 die
YEMENI Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed has survived a car bomb that hit his convoy killing 12 people, a day after the army announced killing al-Qaeda’s branch number two.
More than 200,000 Yemenis, meanwhile, rallied in the capital demanding the repeal of an immunity granted to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh under a Gulf-brokered deal that eased him out of power in February.
The defence minister “escaped an assassination attempt using a bomb-laden car that targeted his convoy… as he was leaving a weekly cabinet meeting,” state news agency Saba reported.
The defence ministry news website 26sep.net quoted Interior Minister Abdelqader Qahtan as saying that the attack left “12 people dead, including seven of the defence minister’s guards.”
Twelve people were also wounded, “some of them seriously,” in the “terrorist attack,” Qahtan said.
The blast damaged several cars and left a nearby house on fire, Qahtan said, adding that he has ordered a probe.
A security official had earlier told AFP that the car exploded near the vehicle carrying guards, killing seven of them.
One security official said he saw “four charred bodies being pulled out of the wreckage.”
Smoke billowed from the area of the explosion sealed off by police while ambulances rushed to the scene which hosts several government departments as well as security headquarters, witnesses said.
The attack comes a day after 26sep.net said the second in command of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Saeed al-Shehri, was killed in an army operation in the country’s east.
No party has, however, yet claimed responsibility for the bomb.
tit for tat..the playstation jocks in virginia take out some “terrorists” and they in turn blow up some cars..how does it end? it doesnt really..it just goes on and on and on..