Yemen suicide bombing kills 90

Al Qaeda's wing in Yemen said a suicide bombing on Monday that killed 90 people was in revenge for what it called the U.S. war on its followers in southern Yemen and that it had targetted the Yemeni defence minister and his top commanders.

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Foreign Office minister condemns 'cowardly' Yemen bombings

A policeman collects evidence at the site of a suicide bomb attack at a parade square in Sanaa, Yemen. Credit: AP Photo/Hani Mohammed

Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt condemned the "cowardly" suicide bomb attack which killed 96 soldiers in Yemen today.

"The UK condemns today's violent attack in central Sana'a in which scores of Yemeni servicemen were killed and many more injured," Mr Burt said.

"This tragic event underlines the scale of the security challenge facing the Yemeni government as it seeks to introduce key reforms and work towards completing political transition."

"This cowardly attack must not be allowed to stall or prevent progress towards the completion of rigorous reform. As we prepare to meet in Riyadh ... we are resolute in our support for President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi as he leads his nation towards a safer and more prosperous future," he said.

Mr Burt is due in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday for a meeting of the Friends of Yemen group, which Britain co-chairs.

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Al Qaeda claims Yemen attack was revenge for cooperation with US

A Yemeni nurse checks on a wounded policeman who was injured in the suicide bomb attack. Credit: Hani Mohammed/AP

Al Qaeda's wing in Yemen said a suicide bombing that killed 90 people was in revenge for what it called the U.S. war on its followers in southern Yemen and that it had targetted the Yemeni defence minister and his top commanders.

The group also warned in a statement received by Reuters that more attacks will follow if the military campaign in the southern province of Abyan did not stop.

"We will take revenge, God willing, and the flames of war will reach you everywhere, and what happened is but the start of a jihad project in defence of honour and sanctities," the statement, addressing Yemeni military commanders, said.

Yemen president vows 'terrorist ' clampdown after deadly bombing

President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has vowed that Yemeni security forces will step up their efforts to clamp down on militants after a suicide bombing at a military parade rehearsal in Sanaa killed 90 people.

"Our armed forces and security forces will become tougher and more determined in pursuing terrorists," the state news agency Saba quoted Hadi as telling victims' families in a condolence message.

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