Written by Bella Dalima
07 Jan, 2015 | 4:18 pm
A suicide bomber driving a minibus full of explosives killed at least 30 people Wednesday morning as cadets gathered to enroll at a police academy in the heart of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, security officials and witnesses said.
The blast wounded dozens of people, officials initially said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren’t authorized to brief journalists.
At the scene of the blast, the dead and wounded lay on a sidewalk against a wall. Water sprayed by firefighters to extinguish the blaze mixed with their pooled blood.
A charred taxi cab smoked near what remained of the minibus, meters (yards) from a gate for the police academy.
A police officer’s certificate sat in a pool of blood and water, soaked crimson.
The bomber struck as lines of cadets waited outside of the academy, preparing to enroll, witnesses said.
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.
Washington considers al-Qaida in Yemen to be the world’s most dangerous branch of the terror network as it has been linked to several failed attacks on the U.S. homeland.
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