42 die in Yemen bombing

2012-08-05 09:14

Aden - A suicide bombing in a south Yemen town recently recaptured by the army from al-Qaeda forces killed 42 people on Saturday and wounded 37, hospital and local government sources said on Sunday.

The bomber struck in Jaar, one of a string of towns in Abyan province that were retaken by government troops in a major offensive this June after being held by al-Qaeda loyalists for more than a year.

But the jihadists remain active in the area. On Wednesday, an attack on a police station in Jaar killed two soldiers and a civilian. Residents have expressed fears that the militants could retake the town.