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At least 20 killed in Yemen attack

2012-05-21 11:04

Sanaa - At least 20 people were killed and more than 60 wounded when a man in soldier's uniform blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday, a police source said.

Yemen's minister of defence and chief of staff were present but were unhurt, a military source said.

Yemen is home to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which the United States views as a major security threat, not only in the region but also on US soil.

Militants have exploited political instability in Yemen to gain a foothold in a country paralysed for most of 2011 by protests that eventually unseated President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

A Reuters witness said the wounded were being ferried to hospital in taxis.

The parade was scheduled for Tuesday to mark Yemen's national day and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was due to attend.