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Death toll from Yemen funeral bombing rises to 46


09:00, August 06, 2012

ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- An al-Qaida suicide bomber killed a prominent pro-government tribal chief and at least 45 others at a funeral in Yemen's southern province of Abyan, the Defense Ministry said Sunday.

The al-Qaida suicide bomber detonated the explosives around his waist among funeral guests in Jaar town in Abyan province late on Saturday night, the country's Defense Ministry said in a brief statement posted on its website.

"Latest reports coming from Abyan province indicate that at least 46 people were killed and about 48 others were wounded, some of them in critical conditions," the statement said.

A local pro-government tribal chief is among those killed in the funeral attended by other anti-al-Qaida militiamen and social figures, the statement added.

Al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in an emailed statement obtained by Xinhua on Sunday. "One of our holly warriors carried out a successful jihadist operation on a compound in Jaar town," the statement said without giving more details.
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