Bomber kills 30 at police academy in Yemen

Bomber kills 30 at police academy in Yemen

At least 30 people were killed in Yemen this morning when a suicide bomber drove a minibus packed with explosives into a crowd of cadets gathered to enrol at a police academy.

At the scene of the blast in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital, the dead lay piled up against a wall. …

‘What happened is we were all gathering and … (the bomber) exploded right next to all of the police college classmates,’ eyewitness Jamil al-Khaleedi told The Associated Press.

‘It went off among all of them, and they flew through the air.’

Dozens more people were wounded in the explosion, officials initially said. …

The blast was heard across the city and a large plume of smoke was visible near the college in a heavily congested part of the city near the central bank and the defence ministry. …

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Yemen’s local al-Qaida branch, targeted in frequent U.S. drone strikes in the country, has carried out similar attacks in the past. …

The blast comes after Shiite rebels known as Houthis seized large areas of Yemen, including Sanaa, in September as part of a protracted power struggle with President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Their critics view them as a proxy for Shiite Iran, charges the rebels deny.

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