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Yemen defense minister escapes assassination attempt
Yemeni Defense Minister General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad (file photo)
Yemeni Defense Minister General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad (file photo)Yemeni security forces surround the wreckage of a car after a bomb explosion targeted the convoy of the county’s defense minister in Sana’a on September 11, 2012.
Yemeni Defense Minister General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad (file photo)
Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:37PM
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Yemeni Defense Minister Major General Muhammad Nasir Ahmad has escaped an assassination attempt after a car bomb exploded outside the prime minister's office in Sana'a.


The incident occurred on Tuesday when a car bomb explosion targeted the minsiter's convoy outside the government headquarters in the capital, AFP reported.

Ahmed was not hurt in the attack but at least seven of his bodyguards were killed in the blast that took place near their car.

The attack came after the death of al-Qaeda leader Said al-Shehri in an attack in eastern Yemen last week.

The Yemeni government has placed its security services on high alert to prevent "terrorist" attacks following a wave of incidents across the country.

In May, a bombing in Sana’a killed about 120 people, mainly soldiers.

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