Gunmen attack on Yemeni army bus kills two, wounds dozen

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Yemeni civilians gather at the site of an attack targeting a military bus in Sanaa on February 4, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Huwais)

Published Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Updated at 2:55pm: Gunmen raked a military bus with gunfire in Yemen's capital Sanaa moments before it was hit by a bomb, leaving two soldiers dead and 12 wounded, witnesses and an official said.

The attack is the latest in a series of bombs and shootings targeting military personnel in Yemen, which is struggling to achieve a political transition that aims to turn the republic into a federation.

The attack on the bus comes a day after rockets and explosions shook the capital, including one near the French embassy.

A military official said the explosion targeted a bus transporting soldiers and officers in the capital's southern neighborhood of Dar Salam.

Fourteen soldiers were wounded, two of whom later succumbed to their injuries, the official said, adding that the bus had been carrying 18 passengers.

Witnesses said that two gunmen in a car opened fire at the bus moments before the blast.

Attacks on military personnel are usually blamed on al-Qaeda, whose Yemen branch is one of the most active affiliates of the global jihadi network.

Meanwhile, rebels and tribesmen agreed a local ceasefire in northern Yemen after clashes between the rivals killed about 60 people there last week, tribal sources said.

Tribal sources told Reuters on Tuesday the truce, mediated by the mayor of the capital Sanaa, stipulated that fighters from both sides withdraw from the area and let the army deploy.

(AFP, Reuters)

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