Conflict & Justice

Yemen vows to continue fighting 'war on terror'


A Yemeni soldier is treated at a hospital in Sanaa after he was injured when a soldier packing powerful explosives under his uniform blew himself up in the middle of an army battalion in Sanaa on May 21, 2012, killing 96 troops and wounding around 300, a military official and medics said. The suicide attack was the deadliest in the country's capital since newly-elected President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi pledged to oust Al Qaeda militants from Yemen's mostly lawless and restive southern and eastern provinces.


Mohammed Huwais

Yemen says it will continue what it called its “war on terror," after Al Qaeda claimed Monday's suicide attack that killed 96 soldiers at a military parade rehearsal, Agence France Presse reported.

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Authorities this morning canceled the parade, which was to mark the 22nd anniversary of the unification of north and south Yemen.

The UN, Europe and Washington have condemned the bombing, in which a man posing as a Yemeni soldier blew himself up, the BBC reported.

At least 300 people were wounded, in what is the deadliest attack in Yemen since President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi took over from Ali Abdullah Saleh in February.

The Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed responsibility.

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The incident comes after Yemeni authorities this month launched a US-backed military operation in the southern Abyan province, in an effort to push insurgents out of their strongholds.