Death toll tops 40 in Yemen blast

Aug. 5, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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JAAR, Yemen, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A suicide bombing in Jaar, Yemen, killed more than 40 people and left a like number wounded, the Yemen Post reported Sunday, citing unnamed sources.

The blast late Saturday targeted a gathering where people were offering condolences for pro-government fighters killed in south Yemen's Abyan province, the newspaper said.

The sources said al-Qaida militants were suspected to be responsible for the attack, in which the bomber set off an explosives belt while a crowd of people expressed condolences to the head of the pro-government fighters. Most of the victims were pro-government fighters, the Post said.

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