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Al Qaeda branch claims attack in Yemen

US military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes on Yemen.

Written by Reuters | Sanna | Published: December 7, 2013 2:25:43 am

An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack on Yemen’s defence ministry that killed at least 52 people,the country’s worst militant assault in 18 months.

“As part of the policy of targetting the operation rooms of pilotless planes,the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily struck one of these rooms in the Ministry of Defence headquarters,” Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) said in a Twitter message posted early on Friday.

The group is an offshoot of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Meanwhile,the country’s Defence Ministry said on Friday it had regained full control of its Sanaa military compound. A Defence Ministry statement said three of the militants were killed at the compound’s gate,three inside the premises after they had killed the foreign medics in a hospital there,while five others were pursued and killed later on Thursday.

Thursday’s attack,in which 167 people were wounded,was carried out by a suicide bomber and gunmen wearing army uniforms. Some of the dead were foreign medics,including German,Vietnamese,Indian,Filipino

nationals. The US military raised its alert status in the region after the coordinated strikes on Yemen,which is also home to what Washington has called the most active arm of al Qaeda. The security threat is an international concern. The country shares a long border with Saudi Arabia.

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