Yemeni Officials: Defense Minister Survives Attack

Posted September 11th, 2012 at 7:50 am (UTC-5)
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Yemeni officials say at least seven people have been killed in a car bomb attack targeting the country's defense minister.

Government sources say the minister was unharmed in Tuesday's blast near government headquarters in the capital, Sana'a.

At least five of the minister's bodyguards were among those killed.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The attack came a day after authorities announced that the second-in-command of al-Qaida's Yemen network had been killed in an army operation.

The Yemeni defense ministry said Monday that Said al-Shehri, a Saudi national, was one of several militants killed in an operation in Hadramout province.

Al-Qaida's Yemen-based network, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, remains active in southern Yemen. Suspected militants have carried out suicide bombings and have targeted Yemeni government officials for assassination.