Tuesday 17 October 2017

German doctors among 52 dead in Yemen attack

A suicide car bomber struck Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday, killing more than a dozen soldiers.
A suicide car bomber struck Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday, killing more than a dozen soldiers.

Mohammed Ghobari

A suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked Yemen's defence ministry, killing 52 people, including foreign medical staff, government sources said.

One attacker drove a car packed with explosives into the gate of the ministry's compound, then gunmen in another vehicle opened fire on soldiers and doctors and nurses working at a hospital inside.

The co-ordinated strikes wounded 167 people. Two German and two Vietnamese doctors and one Indian and two Filipino nurses are among the dead.

No one immediately claimed responsibility, but Yemen has been grappling with al Qa'ida-linked militants, who have repeatedly attacked government officials and installations over the past two years.

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