CCTV of the moment a suicide bomber drove
into a Yemeni Defence Ministry Compound on December 5th. In an attack that also saw gunmen
wearing military uniforms open fire on soldiers, 52 people lost their lives. 167 were wounded.
It was the country’s worst attack by militants for 18 months. The dramatic CCTV footage showed people, including
children, inside a hospital during the attack. It also showed an attacker throwing a grenade
at a group of people. The US military raised its alert status in
the region after the coordinated strikes on Yemen, which is also home to what Washington
has called the most active arm of al-Qaeda. The initial blast shook the bustling Bab al-Yemen
neighbourhood on the edge of the capital Sanaa’s old city. Medics and a defence ministry official
said the gunmen pulled a Western doctor and a Filipino nurse into the hospital’s courtyard
and shot them in front of local staff. The attackers also killed one of the Yemeni President’s
relatives who was visiting a patient in the site. In the end, security forces re-took
the compound after killing what they say was most of the attackers.