Death toll in Yemen bombing rises to 20; 60 wounded

By REUTERS
May 21, 2012 12:40

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 defense and chief of staff were present but were unhurt, a military source said.

Yemen is home to al-Qaida 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 paralyzed for most of 2011 by protests that eventually unseated President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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