Twenty dead in Yemen 'al-Qaeda' attack. August 19, 2012 Suicide bombings. CSF Rieti.
Suspected al-Qaeda militants have attacked the intelligence headquarters of Yemen's southern city of Aden, killing at least 20 people. The attack on Saturday in the heart of the port city of Aden, underscored al-Qaeda's ability to launch deadly strikes despite a two-month Yemeni military offensive. The strikes by Yemeni government forces are backed by the US and this year dislodged militants who had taken over a string of southern towns near Aden. In a co-ordinated attack, two groups of masked militants stormed the intelligence building from two sides, firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades, according to intelligence officials in the city and witnesses from the adjacent state TV and radio building. While one group clashed with guards of the intelligence building's main gate, a second threw a bomb at a small mosque, killing soldiers who were resting and sleeping inside, officials said. The gunmen then sprayed their victims with bullets before detonating a car bomb in front of the intelligence building, collapsing its facade, the officials reported. Witnesses said they saw gunmen open fire on three soldiers at a front gate, killing them on the spot, before launching rocket-propelled grenades at the building and mistakenly hitting the television offices. Two female reporters were critically wounded, witnesses said. By the end of the day, 20 were dead. All were military and security men except for one civilian, while six other civilians were injured aside from <b>...</b>
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