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Deadly suicide bombing rocks Yemeni capital

At least 10 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, security sources say.

One unconfirmed report said as many as 50 people might have been killed.

The assailant targeted soldiers practising for a military parade to mark National Unity Day on Tuesday, which the president is due to attend.

The bomber, who was wearing military uniform, blew himself up among the soldiers as they marched through Sabin Square, near the presidential palace.

Witnesses said remains of the victims were scattered across the square, where large military parades are often held.

National Unity Day marks the anniversary of the unification of the Marxist People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, also known as South Yemen, and the Yemen Arab Republic, known as North Yemen, in 1990.

Monday’s attack comes 10 days after the military launched an offensive against Islamist militants linked to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the southern province of Abyan.

Over the weekend, at least 33 militants and 19 soldiers were reportedly killed in clashes near the town of Jaar, in Abyan, which has been under control of Ansar al-Sharia – an offshoot of AQAP – since last year.

On Sunday, a US military instructor was shot and wounded by unidentified gunmen as he drove through the eastern Red Sea port of Hodeida. Ansar al-Sharia later said in a statement that it had been behind the attack.”

Source: BBC News

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