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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Friday claimed an attack on a Yemeni defence complex that killed 52 people, in a statement published on the Internet by its media arm. The defence ministry complex was "stormed and attacked on Thursday... after the mujahedeen (holy fighters) proved that it accommodates drone control rooms and American experts," it said on Twitter. "Such security headquarters in partnership with the Americans in their war on these Muslim people are a justified target wherever they may be," warned AQAP, classified by the United States as Al-Qaeda's deadliest branch. Fifty-two people were killed on Thursday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into the defence ministry complex in Sanaa and opened the way for an armed assault.
SANAA (Reuters) - An al Qaeda-linked group has claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack on the Yemeni defense ministry in which at least 52 people were killed, the country's worst militant assault in 18 months. "In pursuance of the policy of targeting pilotless planes operation rooms, the mujahideen (holy fighters) have heavily struck one of these rooms in the Ministry of Defence headquarters," Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) said in a Twitter message posted in the early hours o Friday. The group is an offshoot of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). ...
Adelaide (Australia) (AFP) - Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin plundered centuries before a super quick Mitchell Johnson blasted out England captain Alastair Cook to leave the tourists reeling in the second Ashes Test on Friday. Skipper Clarke claimed his third century in five Ashes Tests and his 26th overall, while vice-captain Haddin blasted four sixes in his fourth Test ton to help the home side declare at 570 for nine. By the close, the tourists were hanging on against a hostile Australian attack at 35 for one with Michael Carberry on 20 and Joe Root, who took one on the chest from Johnson, not out nine. It was very much Australia's day as Clarke and Haddin put on 200 runs -- the highest sixth-wicket stand in all Tests in Adelaide, eclipsing the 191 shared by Imran Khan and Wasim Akram for Pakistan in 1990.