1. Updated – Dec. 6, 1:45 a.m., ET
Smoke rises from the Defense Ministry’s compound after an attack, in Sanaa on Dec. 5, 2013.
Officials in Yemen have reported that an attack on the Defense Ministry compound in Sanaa was a suicide car bomb. It’s reported that 52 people have died, with a total of about 20 injuries. Yemen’s al-Qaida branch has taken responsibility for the attack.
The Associated Press reports a car full of gunmen dressed in Yemeni army uniforms arrived at the scene immediately after the blast and engaged in a gunfight with troops in an apparent attempt to take over the complex. It’s reported that 12 gunmen were killed.
3. An eyewitness told Reuters of the blast:
The explosion was very violent, the whole place shook because of it and plumes of smoke rose from the building.
4. Smoke can be seen from the neighborhoods surrounding the compound.
View from my balcony of the fire burning in and around Ministry of Defence building. #Yemen
A strong explosion rocked Yemen’s defence ministry complex in the heart of the capital #Sanaa
RT@alabjani_21 photo of smoke rising from the Yemeni defence ministry in sana #yemen
#YÃ©men : photo de l’explosion provoquàºž par l’attentat suicide qui a visÃ© le ministÃ¨re de la dî§¾nse Ã #Sanaa.
8. This unconfirmed photo appears to show the scene outside of the ministry.
Radio Jawhara FM
Attentat suicide contre le ministÃ¨re de la Dî§¾nse au Yemen—> http://t.co/blXWLxR2uh
9. There are also reports of road closures in the area.
Roads are blocked from and to Bab Al #Yemen area. High tension and massive security deployment.