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Car bombing targets Yemen's defence minister

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Yemen’s defence minister has survived an assassination attempt that killed at least 12 other people.

Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad was the target of a car bombing as he left the prime minister’s office in the capital Sanaa.

A car packed with explosives was parked near government offices and detonated as the defence minister’s motorcade went by.

A vehicle transporting security was completely destroyed and seven members of the detail lost their lives. The other five victims were civilians.

Nasir Ahmad, who has survived previous assassination attempts, was unhurt and his armour-plated car undamaged.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack which comes just after authorities killed Said al-Shehri, deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni wing.

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