Yemeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013
Yemeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013. The blast killed one person and wounded 25 as it ripped through the bus carrying air force personnel to their base. © Mohammed Huwais - AFP
Yemeni security forces inspect a damaged military bus following a bomb blast in Sanaa on August 25, 2013
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Last updated: August 25, 2013

Yemeni bus bombing kills air force soldier

A powerful blast ripped through a bus carrying Yemeni air force personnel to their Sanaa base Sunday, killing one person and wounding 25, an air force spokesman said.

A bomb planted on the bus exploded while the vehicle was travelling on the road leading to Sanaa international airport, which is adjacent to the base, Colonel Mehdi al-Aydarus told AFP.

A security official had earlier put the death toll at six.

Aydarus said five of the injured were in critical condition.

The director of the nearby Saudi-German Hospital, Abdullah al-Daeri, confirmed the toll.

"This terrorist act aims to destabilise the country and jeopardising the (ongoing) national dialogue," aimed to draft a new constitution and prepare for elections next year, Aydarus said.

The Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most active franchise of the global jihadist network, has been behind numerous attacks on the country's security forces.

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