Yemen: al-Qaida bombing toll rises to 45

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The death toll from a suspected al-Qaida suicide bombing in southern Yemen rose to 45 on Sunday, officials said, in the latest attack against militias allied with the army.

The bomber struck a funeral late Saturday, attended by civilian militia fighters who aided the government’s push to recapture the town of Jaar from al-Qaida in June.

The U.S. considers the Yemen branch of al-Qaida as the most dangerous in the terror network. It is blamed for several unsuccessful attempts to carry out attacks in the U.S.

American advisers have been helping Yemen’s military in its campaign, and locals often credit the U.S. with carrying out drone airstrikes against the militants. The U.S. rarely comments on its role in Yemen.

Yemen’s state news agency said 30 died in the Saturday attack and another 40 people were wounded. But a security official and a medical official said 45 people were killed in the attack.

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