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Death toll in Yemen’s suicide bombing rises to 96

Mon., May 21, 2012, 7:41 a.m.

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Defense Ministry says the casualty toll in a suicide bombing at a military parade rehearsal in the capital Sanaa has risen to 96 deaths and at least 200 wounded.

Military officials said Monday’s bombing, which took place near Sanaa’s presidential palace, is one of the deadliest attacks in the city in years.

They say the attacker was a soldier taking part in the drill, lining up with fellow troops at a main square in the capital.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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