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Yemen - Mar 3, 2012 - 09:17

Last modified: 3 Mar 2012 06:17

A suicide car bombing is reported to have targeted Republican Guard troops camp in in Bayda, 170km from Sanaa the Yemeni capital.

The bomber drove a car packed with explosives into the army base on Saturday, killing themselves and a soldier, the Defence Ministry said. 

Witnesses said the bombing devastated the three-storey building.

The explosion was followed by an exchange of fire between armed men and Republican Guard troops, who are led by Ahmed Saleh, son of the former president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who formally stepped down less than a week ago.

"The explosion was very loud and took place in Dar al-Nasr, which is a military site of the Republican Guard," said a website close to Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, a general who defected from former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the early days of an uprising against him last year.

"Residents of the town were frightened by the force of the blast, which was felt more than two kilometres away and damaged dozens of neighbouring houses and blew their windows out."  [Reuters]