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Twin blasts in Yemeni capital wound 20

Two bombs explode on a roadside near Sanaa, following a series of such attacks targeting Yemeni police and military personnel over the last week

AFP , Thursday 26 Sep 2013
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Two roadside bombs exploded one after the other on a busy road in the Yemeni capital on Thursday wounding 20 people, the interior ministry said.

The twin blasts were on Al-Rabat Street where the explosive devices had been hidden among piles of garbage.

No casualties were reported in the first explosion, a ministry spokesman said, quoted by Saba state news agency.

But as pedestrians gathered in the area a second device exploded, wounding 20 people, the official said.

Another official told AFP earlier that 12 people were wounded in the blast, four of them seriously.

Cars were damaged in the blast, and windows were also shattered, he said. Security forces then cordoned off and searched the area.

The bombings are the latest in a series of attacks that usually target military personnel, not civilians.

They come after President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi vowed on Wednesday to eradicate terrorism in Yemen, plagued by Al-Qaeda and domestic unrest.

Also on Wednesday, a suicide bomber killed an army intelligence officer in Ataq, the capital of Shabwa province in the south.

Authorities blame such attacks on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which the United States sees as the network's deadliest franchise.

Last Friday, suspected jihadists launched spectacular dawn attacks on three police and army positions in Shabwa, killing at least 56 security personnel.

It was the deadliest day for the army since a suicide bombing in the capital on 21 May last year killed some 100 soldiers.

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