At Least 47 Dead in Al Qaeda Like Terror Attack in Yemen

Bore the organization's hallmarks


In a strike that bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, assailants in military uniforms staged a brazen daytime assault Thursday on Yemen's defense ministry, setting off a daylong battle that killed at least four dozen people and left scores injured, with some foreigners believed to be among the dead.

The attack, which terrorized residents of a crowded district in the capital's old city, began with a thunderous car-bomb blast at the compound's gate, and a separate push by fighters on foot and armed with assault weapons. Their target was a hospital within the ministry complex where some foreign aid workers were based. A Supreme Court judge and his wife were reported to have been killed.