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Suicide attack on Yemen police academy kills 20: security

July 11, 2012


Forensic policemen collect evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack.—AP Photo
Forensic policemen collect evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack.—AP Photo

SANAA: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance of a police academy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing 20 people and wounding dozens more, a security official told AFP.

“The suicide bomber blew himself up at the police academy in Sanaa and killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He added that most of the casualties were police cadets who were leaving the academy for the weekend.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Wednesday's blast is the second deadliest in the capital since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took power in February and pledged to destroy al Qaeda's presence in the country.

The police academy is located near Sabeen Square where on May 21, a Yemeni soldier, packing powerful explosives under his uniform, blew himself up in the middle of an army battalion.

Al Qaeda claimed it was behind that attack that killed more than 100 troops and wounded more than 300 others.

On June 23, Yemeni troops seized al Qaeda's last bastion in the country's troubled southern and eastern provinces after a month-long offensive aimed at ousting the jihadists from territory they had controlled for about a year.

Since their defeat, al Qaeda has pledged to seek revenge.

Late last month, an al Qaeda suicide bomber killed Yemen's army commander for the south, General Salem Ali Qoton, who led the offensive against the militants.

They have also left mines in the cities and towns they fled that have so far claimed the lives of dozens.