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Bomber targets Yemen government allies

The suicide attack that killed at least 45 people and wounded dozens more struck a funeral of the head of a group of tribal fighters that sided with the Yemeni army during the offensive that drove al Qaeda-linked militants from their strongholds in the souther province of Abyan.

Abyan governor Jamal al-Aqel condemned the attack and said an investigation was under way.

This is a cowardly, criminal, terrorist attack

The attack highlights the enduring threat of Islamist militancy in Yemen and may alarm the United States and Saudi Arabia, which increasingly views the impoverished state as a front line in their war on al-Qaeda.