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Suicide attack kills 96 Yemeni soldiers

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal on Monday in Yemen’s capital, killing 96 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years, officials said.

world Updated: May 21, 2012 23:44 IST

A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal on Monday in Yemen’s capital, killing 96 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years, officials said.

The bombing appeared to be a failed assassination attempt against minister of defence Maj Gen Mohammed Nasser Ahmed who arrived at the city square to greet the assembled troops just minutes before the blast ripped through the area.

Nobody claimed responsibility for the attack, but it came as the country’s new political leadership has been stepping up the fight against al Qaeda militants holding large swaths of land.