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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yemen defense minister escapes assassination attempt: sources

(Reuters) - Yemen's defense minister escaped an assassination attempt on Tuesday but the car bomb that targeted his motorcade killed at least five bodyguards, government sources said.

Witnesses said the explosion took place as Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahamd's motorcade left the prime minister's office in the capital Sanaa after a cabinet meeting.

One vehicle carrying security personnel was blown up by the explosion but the minister, who was travelling in a different armored car, survived. Aides said he was unhurt and had told Prime Minister Mohammed Basindwa he was safe.

"A booby trapped car waited for the motorcade of the minister near the government offices and as soon as it moved, it exploded," a security source told Reuters.

"A security car was totally destroyed and all its occupants were killed, but the minister survived because his car is armored." Read More