Suicide car bomber hits Yemen militia, kills 12

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Associated Press

Posted on March 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 4 at 2:07 PM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suicide car bomber has attacked a pro-government militia headquarters in Yemen, killing 12 people and wounding 17.

That's according to a security official and witnesses.

An official says that the bombing targeted the Popular Committees, made up of civilians who back the government in its fight against al-Qaida.

The explosion in a southern province came as a top intelligence official disclosed that the nation's president had rejected a truce with al-Qaida.

The truce proposal was seen as an attempt by al-Qaida to play for time and re-organize its ranks after taking heavy blows from Yemen's military.

The intelligence official says the Yemeni government also turned down proposals from clerics and tribal leaders to grant amnesty to al-Qaida detainees in Yemeni prisons if the militant group renounced violence and handed over weapons.

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