SANAA, Yemen, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- At least 56 people were killed in terrorist attacks in Sanaa, Yemen, and at two Yemeni military bases Thursday.
An suicide bombing rocked Tahrir Square in Sanaa, the capital, where anti-government Houthis, a Shia sect, were about to stage a rally. In Hardarmont province in eastern Yemen, a car bomb detonated at an army checkpoint and another, killing at least 20 government troops, at a military base.
No one has claimed responsibility for the acts, although witnesses of the Sanaa attack told the news agency Al-Jazeera it had the characteristics of an al-Qaida bombing.
The incidents came after Ahmed Awad bin Mubarak was chosen as Yemen's next prime minister, part of a peace arrangement brokered by the United Nations. Houthis oppose the nomination, and Mubarak said Thursday he would leave the position, citing a need to "preserve national unity."
The Houthis advanced into Sanaa last month from their power base in the north, demanding a regime change and more political power.