Updated – Dec. 6, 1:45 a.m., ET
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.
Smoke can be seen from the neighborhoods surrounding the compound.
This unconfirmed photo appears to show the scene outside of the ministry.
There are also reports of road closures in the area.
Cate Sevilla is the UK managing editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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