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Yemen: Saudis among Defense Ministry attackers
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This photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry shows a crater and damaged vehicles after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.  (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)
This photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry shows a crater and damaged vehicles after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)
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ADEN, Yemen: Yemeni military investigators say 12 militants, mostly Saudi nationals, were responsible for a brazen attack on the Defense Ministry's complex in the capital.

The committee led by Yemen's Chief of Staff Gen. Ahmed al-Ashwal put out a report Friday that set the death toll at 56, with another 215 wounded.

It described Thursday's attack as a two-stage operation, in which attackers disguised in military uniform drove a car packed with explosives into the complex, blew it up, then split into two groups. One swept through a military hospital while the second group attacked a laboratory. Both killed everyone they found.

A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.

Officials earlier said 11 militants were killed. It was not clear if the 12th attacker was captured or escaped.

 
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