|Photo taken on Dec. 5, 2013 shows the defense ministry complex that was attacked by suicide car bombing attacks in Sanaa, Yemen. At least 20 soldiers were killed and more than 42 others injured when suicide car bombings rocked the Yemeni defense ministry in the capital Sanna on Thursday morning, officials told Xinhua. (Xinhua)
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday condemned "in the strongest terms" the terrorist attacks against Yemen's Defence Ministry, which reportedly left more than 20 people dead and many others injured.
"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack on the Yemeni Defence Ministry and hospital that occurred in Sanaa on 5 December, causing numerous deaths and injuries," said a council statement issued to the press here.
"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," said the statement.
At least 20 soldiers were killed and more than 42 others injured when suicide car bombings rocked the Yemeni defence ministry in the capital Sanaa on Thursday morning, reports said.
Yemeni security sources said that following the explosions, many assailants wearing military uniforms broke into three departments of the ministry, and exchanged gunfire with the soldiers.
The Defence Ministry is located in a densely populated area and the attack occurred as local citizens were heading to work.
The Security Council members "expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts, and to the people and Government of the Republic of Yemen, and those countries whose nationals have been affected," the statement said.
It said "The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Yemeni authorities in this regard."
"The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the need to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts," the statement said.
The members of the Security Council underlined their support to the Yemeni government, under the leadership of President Hadi, to combat terrorism, and their condemnation of any acts intended to disrupt the transition process and undermine the Yemeni government, the statement added.
Yemeni government officials blamed the al-Qaida for the attack, saying it bore the hall marks of the Islamic militants.
Yemen has undergoing a transitional political period after a year of mass protests that eased former President Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012. Violence has since escalated in the impoverished Arab country as the government blamed most of attacks on the al-Qaida group that has been considered the most dangerous regional branch in the Middle East.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's administration has intensified efforts to crack down on the militants as part of a U. S.-backed anti-terrorism campaign.
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