Yemenis condemn al Qaeda suicide blast

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Hundreds of Yemenis have held a rally in the capital Sanaa to condemn Monday’s suicide bombing that killed at least 90 soldiers.

They wanted to show solidarity with those who lost their lives and the hundreds who were injured, and chanted defiance to the militant group responsible.

An al Qaeda affiliate has threatened more attacks if a government anti-terrorism offensive does not stop.

“We condemn this heinous crime and we ask the president to rid the country of al Qaeda sabotage,” said one young female demonstrator.

The explosion caused carnage not far from the presidential palace. The bomber who was dressed in army uniform struck in the midst of a rehearsal for a military parade on Tuesday to mark the country’s National Unity Day. It was due to go ahead in a different place.

One terrorism expert suggested the high number of casualties may have been due to the face the troops were in ranks and not crowded together.

Many of the wounded were taken to hospital in taxis. One doctor said most of them were boys in their teens and many were paralysed.

The UN Security Council said it “condemned the attack in the strongest terms”.

Washington is increasing its military support for Yemen’s campaign against militants. President Hadi has vowed the crackdown will continue.