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'Al-Qaeda' Wreaks Yemen Carnage

More than 90 people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at a military parade rehearsal in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, defense ministry officials say.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

The bomber, who was reportedly wearing an army uniform, blew himself up among a group of soldiers at al-Sabin Square, near the presidential palace.

An al-Qaeda source told the BBC one of its members had carried out the attack.

It was the deadliest incident in the capital since Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was elected president in February.

Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Jamie Doran of our partner program FRONTLINE, who was recently in Yemen and filmed the same elite soldiers targeted in today's attack.

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    A soldier collects evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack at a parade square in Sanaa May 21, 2012. A man with explosives strapped under his army uniform killed more than 90 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday when he blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal, the defence ministry said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) TEMPLATE OUT

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    ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY

    A soldier collects evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack at a parade square in Sanaa May 21, 2012. A man with explosives strapped under his army uniform killed more than 90 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday when he blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal, the defence ministry said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) TEMPLATE OUT

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    ATTENTION EDITORS - VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF DEATH OR INJURY

    A soldier collects evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack at a parade square in Sanaa May 21, 2012. A man with explosives strapped under his army uniform killed more than 90 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Monday when he blew himself up in the midst of a military parade rehearsal, the defence ministry said. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah (YEMEN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW) TEMPLATE OUT

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