Yemen reporter killed in second car bomb attack in two weeks

Written by By Emily Hodgson, CNN

Awad Ammar, a correspondent for Yemen’s state TV, has been confirmed as the second journalist killed in a car bomb attack in Yemen’s capital Sanaa over the past month.

His death was announced by Yemen’s official news agency, SABA.

Ammar’s colleague and anchor, Leila Al-Lobani, was killed in the February 9 explosion.

Just hours earlier, militants had also blown up a military parade being held to mark the anniversary of Yemen’s 2011 popular uprising.

After searching the damaged street in front of the weapons club where Ammar’s car was parked, a suicide bomber entered the crowd and blew himself up.

Although the motives for the attack are still unclear, it appears to have targeted the military parade at the site of Yemen’s bloodiest rebel infighting.

Thursday’s attack killed 35 people and wounded more than 100. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took responsibility, blaming the Shiite Houthi rebels, who overran Sanaa in 2014.

The latest attack in Sanaa comes days after the United States said it was withdrawing its support to Yemen’s internationally-recognized government following what it said was a major U.S. airstrike on March 2.

The strike, which was considered a “counterterrorism operation,” killed 10 children and left another 15 people wounded, according to the U.S. military.

The bombs contained cluster munitions, the Pentagon said.

It was not the first time that U.S. airstrikes have hit civilians in Yemen.

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