Yemen: Deadly suicide bombing at Sanaa police academy

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Baku, July 11 (AZERTAC). At least six people have been killed in a suicide bomb attack at the police academy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, medics and security officials say.

Police sources said the bomber blew himself up among a crowd of cadets as they left the academy after classes finished for the day.

Initial reports put the death toll at 20, but it was later revised down.

Islamist militants have vowed to launch attacks in retaliation for an ongoing army offensive on their strongholds.

In May, more than 90 soldiers were killed when a suicide bomber dressed in army uniform blew himself up during a parade rehearsal in Sanaa.

Ansar al-Sharia, an offshoot of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said it had carried out that attack - the deadliest in the capital since Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi was elected president in February.

The group took advantage of the instability resulting from the popular uprising that forced Mr Hadi`s predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to step down in November after 32 years in power.

After becoming president, Mr Hadi said one of his most important tasks was the continuation of the war on al-Qaeda and he instructed the military to regain control of several key towns in the southern province of Abyan.

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