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article imageSuicide bomber kills 52 in Yemen's Defense Ministry complex

By Leo Reyes     Dec 6, 2013 in Crime
At least 52 people have been killed in a suicide bombing attack Thursday at a hospital in the Defense Ministry compound in the capital city of Sanaa, Yemen.
Reuters reported that a suicide bomber rammed a car loaded with explosives into the gate of the Defense Ministry complex, killing at least 52 people, including doctors, nurses and other hospital staff in the explosion.
The government security committee of Yemen said the attack also injured at least 167 people, including two German and two Vietnamese doctors, as well as Indian and Filipino nurses.
In the Philippines, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that seven Filipinos were killed including a doctor while 11 others were hurt in the explosion.
“Seven Filipino hospital workers, including a doctor, were killed in the terrorist attack on the Yemeni Defense Ministry Complex,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a press briefing Friday.
“Eleven other Filipinos sustained minor injuries but are shaken and traumatized. One sustained a head injury which required surgery,” he said.
Hernandez expressed the concern of the Philippine government on the senseless killing of innocent civilians and called on the Yemeni government to take appropriate action.
“We condemn this senseless and barbaric act and we call on the Yemeni government to bring the masterminds to justice and to take appropriate measures to ensure the safety of Filipinos and other foreigners in Yemen,” Hernandez said.
The explosion was very violent according to eyewitnesses, saying the whole place shook including the nearby buildings.
There were also reports that one of the attackers pulled a foreign doctor and a Filipina nurse and shot them in front of the hospital staffs.
Abdelrazzaq al-Jamal, a Yemeni analyst on Islamic affairs said the attack bear an imprint of Al Qaeda.
"The operation carries the fingerprints of al Qaeda because of the suicide nature of the attack," al-Jamal told Reuters.
The Philippines has about a thousand overseas workers in Yemen, many of them are working as nurses and doctors in the government hospital.
The list of casualties had not been disclosed pending official confirmation by Yemeni authorities.
Damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of a suicide attack at the Defence Ministry compound in Sanaa...
Damaged vehicles are seen at the scene of a suicide attack at the Defence Ministry compound in Sanaa, December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters
Smoke raises from the Defence Ministry s compound after an attack  in Sanaa December 5  2013
Smoke raises from the Defence Ministry's compound after an attack, in Sanaa December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Khaled Abdullah
Soldiers gesture along a road leading to the Defence Ministry s compound as smoke rises after an att...
Soldiers gesture along a road leading to the Defence Ministry's compound as smoke rises after an attack, in Sanaa, December 5, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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