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Blast hits Yemen capital, casualties feared: witnesses

English.news.cn   2013-12-05 15:19:59            

SANAA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- A powerful blast hit the city center of the Yemeni capital Thursday morning, with casualties feared, witnesses told Xinhua.

The explosion occurred near the defense ministry in downtown Yemen, witnesses said, adding there were intensive exchanges of gunfire after the blast.

The defense ministry is located in a densely populated area and the attack occurred as local citizens were heading to work; however, there are no immediate official reports on casualties.


Military commander shot dead in southeastern Yemen

ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Unidentified gunmen on Sunday shot dead a senior military officer in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout and wounded two of his bodyguards, a provincial police officer told Xinhua.

"Unknown gunmen fired at Army Commander of the 37th Armored Division, Ahmed al-Marfdy, killing him instantly at the scene in al-Qatn town in Hadramout province," the police officer said on condition of anonymity. Full story

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