Yemen suicide bomber targets military paradeمجزرة السبعين
A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military parade rehearsal in Yemen's capital yesterday, killing more than 105 soldiers in one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years. The bomber, dressed in military attire, made his way to the back of the military parade, near the presidential palace in Sana'a, before detonating explosives strapped to his chest. The explosion was small, but the suicide bomber's proximity to those around him meant it was devastating. "Fifty men died right there on the spot," said Colonel Mohammed al-Kibsi, pointing to the blackened scar the bomb had left on the tarmac, his hands and uniform splattered in blood. "This was a massacre ... The brave soldiers of our fatherland died this morning in cold blood." By nightfall more than 90 men had died of their injuries. The bombing, which wounded another 200, was the bloodiest incident in the city in years and dealt a serious blow to a political transition under way after a year of violent political upheaval that unseated Yemen's dictator, Ali Abdullah Saleh, after 33 years in office. Local Arabic press reported al-Qaeda as saying it had carried out the attack, though none of the group's senior members has yet verified the claim. The bombing was the first pedestrian suicide bomb attack in Sana'a since April 2010, when a man blew himself up in an attempted attack on the British ambassador, Tim Torlot. The parade was a rehearsal for a ceremony due to be held on Tuesday to celebrate the 22nd anniversary <b>...</b>
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