SANAA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 20 soldiers were killed and dozens of others injured when suicide car bombings rocked the Yemeni defense ministry in the capital Sanna on Thursday morning, officials told Xinhua.
An official of the defense ministry said anonymously that the explosions were caused by suicide car bombings that damaged part of the wall of the ministry in downtown Yemen, adding that first car bomb hit the western gate of the ministry and the second one broke into the gate and exploded inside the ministry complex.
At least 20 soldiers were killed in the blast following exchange of gunfire with attackers, he said.
Medics in Al-Jomohoury Hospital said the hospital has already received 32 wounded soldiers.
The defense ministry is located in a densely populated area and the attack occurred as local citizens were heading to work.
Witnesses told Xinhua that ambulances were seen rushing to the defense ministry and heavy gunshots were heard inside and near the ministry building following the blast that smashed the windows of neighboring residential houses.
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
Thousands rally in southern Yemen to call for secession
ADEN, Yemen, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of pro-secession protesters took to the streets of Aden, southern Yemen on Saturday to mark the 46th anniversary of independence from British occupation and demand autonomy from the north.
The separatist demonstrators across the southern areas gathered in Aden's central Parade Square, waving flags of the former South Yemen and carrying banners with pro-independence slogans. Full story