Yemeni soldiers and civilians gather at the site of an explosion, near former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's house which is metres away from the French embassy, in Sanaa February 3, 2014
Yemeni soldiers and civilians gather at the site of an explosion, near former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's house which is metres away from the French embassy, in Sanaa February 3, 2014 © Mohammed Huwais - AFP
Yemeni soldiers and civilians gather at the site of an explosion, near former president Ali Abdullah Saleh's house which is metres away from the French embassy, in Sanaa February 3, 2014
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Last updated: February 4, 2014

Yemen explosion hits military bus, wounds 13

Gunmen raked a military bus with gunfire in Yemen's capital Sanaa moments before it was hit by a bomb, leaving two soldiers dead and 12 wounded, witnesses and an official said.

The attack is the latest in a series of bombs and shootings targeting military personnel in Yemen, which is struggling to achieve a political transition that aims to turn the republic into a federation.

The attack on the bus comes a day after rockets and explosions shook the capital, including one near the French embassy.

A military official said the explosion targeted a bus transporting soldiers and officers in the capital's southern neighbourhood of Dar Salam.

Fourteen soldiers were wounded, two of whom later succumbed to their injuries, the official said, adding that the bus had been carrying 18 passengers.

Witnesses said that two gunmen in a car opened fire at the bus moments before the blast.

Attacks on military personnel are usually blamed on Al-Qaeda, whose Yemen branch is one of the most active affiliates of the global jihadist network.

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