Feb. 9 - A car bomb in the Yemeni capital kills a colonel in the country's domestic secret service, in the latest attack targeting senior officers in the Western-allied country. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A bomb exploded inside a taxi in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Sunday, killing a colonel in the country's domestic secret service, a security source said. It was the latest attack targeting senior officers in the Western-allied country. The source said two other people were seriously wounded in the blast which occurred outside the oil ministry building in downtown Sanaa. The source blamed Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda for the attack. State news agency Saba said the explosion at the gate of the oil ministry was caused by a car bomb. It said the driver and a passerby died in the blast while a number of people were wounded. The security source said the bomb had apparently been placed under the driver's seat inside the taxi, which was driven by Colonel Mohamed Saber, a senior officer in the country's political security service. The source said Saber was working undercover while driving the taxi. Two passengers inside the vehicle had their legs amputated by the blast and were taken to hospital in critical condition, the source added. Yemen has been grappling with violence and lawlessness since Arab Spring protests forced long-serving President Ali Abdullah Saleh's rule in 2011.