Soldier killed as new suicide bombing hits Yemen


Two suicide bombers killed a Yemeni soldier as they blew up a vehicle at an elite Republican Guard camp Saturday, a week after a similar attack claimed by Al-Qaeda that left 26 dead, military sources said. “The two suicide bombers who carried out the attack were killed as well as a Republican Guard,” a military official told AFP. “Five other soldiers were also wounded” in the blast at the base in Bayda, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southwest of Sanaa and bordering Abyan province, an Al-Qaeda stronghold, the source added. Witnesses said the bomb attack devastated the three-storey building. The blast was followed by a gunbattle between gunmen and troops, military officials said. The defence ministry news website reported that a local official blamed Al-Qaeda for the attack and said “four soldiers and a civilian were wounded” and the “two terrorists” killed. The targeted Republican Guard troops are led by Ahmed Saleh, son of veteran strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh, who formally stepped down as president on Monday.