At least 20 soldiers were killed and dozens of others injured when suicide car bombings rocked the Yemeni defense ministry in the capital Sanna on Thursday morning, officials told Xinhua.
An official of the defense ministry said anonymously that the explosions were caused by suicide car bombings that damaged part of the wall of the ministry in downtown Yemen, adding that first car bomb hit the western gate of the ministry and the second one broke into the gate and exploded inside the ministry complex.
At least 20 soldiers were killed in the blast following exchange of gunfire with attackers, he said.
Medics in Al-Jomohoury Hospital said the hospital has already received 32 wounded soldiers.
The defense ministry is located in a densely populated area and the attack occurred as local citizens were heading to work.
Witnesses told Xinhua that ambulances were seen rushing to the defense ministry and heavy gunshots were heard inside and near the ministry building following the blast that smashed the windows of neighboring residential houses.
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