SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide bomber threw himself into a crowd of Yemeni police cadets leaving their academy on Wednesday and detonated his explosives, killing and wounding at least 10 people, a security official said.
Ambulances could be seen rushing to the site of the attack in the capital Sanaa.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, but Yemen’s branch of al-Qaida frequently stages such bombings. The government is on the offensive against the group, Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the global terrorist movement’s most dangerous offshoot, and last month recaptured several militant-held towns in the country’s south.
Al-Qaida has struck back with deadly attacks, including a May 21 bombing at a parade ground in Sanaa that killed 96 Yemeni soldiers.
Also Wednesday, the government announced that two al-Qaida militants who tunneled out of a prison last month were re-arrested in a southern province.
An Interior Ministry statement said the two were captured in al-Dhali province on Tuesday. It said they were among five militants who escaped from a prison in the western province of Hodeida on June 26.
It said one of the two, Nasser Ismail Ahmed Muttahar, was detained for taking part in an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa in 2008.
The attack on the embassy’s gate, carried out by gunmen and vehicles packed with explosives, killed 19 people including an 18-year-old American woman and six militants. None of those killed or wounded were U.S. diplomats or embassy employees.
It was the deadliest assault on a U.S. embassy in a decade.
In another of Yemen’s multiple ongoing conflicts, the army shot dead a protester Wednesday in the southern port city of Aden and wounded four others, including two women, a security official said.
He said the demonstrators were protesting the government’s decision to deploy army units inside Aden. What started as a peaceful demonstration turned violent as marchers started throwing rocks at the army, which then opened fire to disperse them.
Aden, the capital of a separate country before it unified with the north in 1990, is experiencing a wave of protest calling for southern secession.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity in accordance with regulations.