Today a suicide explosion in Yemen left 96 soldiers dead and more than 300 wounded. The attack occurred when the troops were practicing for a national day parade in the capital Sanaa. Over a dozen of ambulances rushed to the scene to get the wounded to hospitals.
Apparently the bomber was wearing a military uniform or could have been a soldier himself. The ‘soldier’ targeted servicemen as they marched through al-Sabeen Square near the presidential palace. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi is scheduled to attend the parade.
The military event scheduled for Tuesday 22 marks the Yemen National Unity Day, 22nd anniversary of the country’s reunion between the former North and South Yemen. Military officials do not exclude the involvement of al-Qaeda due to previous encounters. (AV)