Yemeni al-Qaida says attack on hospital was mistake

By REUTERS
December 22, 2013 07:29




SANAA - Al-Qaida's wing in Yemen blamed a renegade fighter for targeting medics and patients in a military hospital during its attack on the Defense Ministry compound in Sanaa earlier this month, it said in a statement released on Saturday.

"We do not fight in this way, and this not what we call on people to do, and this is not our approach," it said in the statement, adding it had warned its fighters not to attack the hospital.

The killing of unarmed medics and patients, captured on closed-circuit television footage and broadcast by state media, caused widespread outrage in Yemen, where al Qaeda has portrayed itself as fighting for normal people against foreign drone strikes.

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