Bomb rips through bus, killing several

Police were investigating whether the bomb attack at a bus station in the capital, Sanaa, was a terrorist attack or motivated by tribal vengeance.


Three people were killed and four wounded on Thursday when a bomb ripped through a minibus at a central bus station in Sanaa, a police official said.

"A bomb exploded on a minibus, killing three people and wounding four among the passengers," the official told AFP requesting anonymity.

The explosion took place at al-Hasba bus station.

The official said that police was investigating whether the bomb was a terrorist attack or motivated by tribal vengeance.

Tribal traditions prevail in the impoverished southern Arabian peninsula country, which has also seen several attacks by Al-Qaeda, including the October 2000 suicide bombing of the destroyer USS Cole off the southern  port Aden that killed 17 American sailors.

In recent months Yemen has seen a series of assaults on security services and oil installations claimed by groups linked to Al-Qaeda. But it is not common that militants attack civilians.

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