Yemen: Bomb misses defense minister, kills 13

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SANAA, Yemen — A powerful car bomb struck the Yemeni defense minister’s motorcade as he was driving through the nation’s capital today, killing at least 13 people but leaving the minister unharmed, security officials said.

Today’s bombing hit the last vehicle in the minister’s three-car convoy as it was traveling through Sanaa’s al-Izaa neighborhood, Yemeni security officials said.

Eight of the minister’s security guards and five civilian bystanders were killed, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast but al-Qaida’s Yemeni branch has carried out several failed assassination attempts against the minister, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed, in the past.

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