BERLIN, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The German foreign minister said Thursday that two German aid workers and a local colleague were killed in the terrorist attacks against Yemen's Ministry of Defense which has reportedly claimed lives of at least 52 people.
"The German government harshly condemns this cowardly attack," Guido Westerwelle said in Berlin, adding that he hopes the Yemeni authorities hold to account those responsible for the attack.
He said the three victims are employees of GIZ, a German government aid agency, providing no further details.
Two suicide car bombers and 12 gunmen stormed Yemeni defense ministry complex in the capital Sanaa on Thursday morning, killing at least 52 people and wounding up to 167 others, the country's supreme security committee said.
The massive bombings seriously damaged a military hospital and three buildings in the ministry compound, as well as set 10 military vehicles on fire.
Yemeni government officials blamed the al-Qaida for the attack, saying it bore the hallmarks of the Islamic militants.