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More than 100 people, most of them soldiers, have been killed and more than 300 others injured on Monday when a suicide bomber targeted soldiers practicing for a military parade in the Yemeni capital Sana’a.
The bomber, dressed in military uniform, detonated his explosives in the middle of battalion of soldiers rehearsing for an army parade to mark the 22nd anniversary of the unification of north and south Yemen, an official said.
Yemen’s defense minister and chief of staff were both present at the rehearsal for Tuesday’s National Day parade but neither was hurt. A police source said he could not rule out the bombing was an attempt to assassinate them.
Al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility for attack saying it was in response to the “crimes” of the Yemeni forces who are fighting the group at the behest of the US.
The Monday bombing was the deadliest in Yemen since new President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took power in February.
The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia.