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Al-Qaeda Branch Claims Attack On Yemen Defense Ministry

Smoke rises from the Yemen Defense Ministry's compound in Sanaa after a terrorist attack on December 5, which killed at least 52 people.
An Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the Defense Ministry compound in the capital, Sanaa.

Al-Mallahem, Al-Qaeda's media arm on the Arabian Peninsula, said on its Twitter account early on December 6 that it had attacked the Defense Ministry building the previous day because it "accommodates drone control rooms and American experts."

The claim of responsibility was also posted on militant websites that usually carry Al-Qaeda statements.

The coordinated attacks killed at least 52 people, including foreign medical personnel, and wounded at least 167 others.

A suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the ministry compound, opening the way for gunmen to attack the complex.

It was the deadliest attack in Sanaa since May 2012.

Yemen has been going through a turbulent political transition since President Ali Abdullah Saleh was ousted in February 2012 after a year of deadly protests against his 33-year rule.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP