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BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Gunfire echoed across the capital of the near-anarchic Central African Republic early Thursday amid reported clashes between the mostly Muslim armed fighters who have controlled the country since March and Christians who support the ousted president.
A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the Yemeni defence ministry Thursday, opening the way for gunmen who stormed the complex, leaving at least 20 people dead, security officials said. The attacks in the capital and in the country's south have been blamed on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Washington regards as the jihadist network's most dangerous branch. "At least 20 people have been killed in the attack," the defence ministry said in a brief statement. "A car bomb driven by a suicide bomber forced its way into the western entrance of the ministry complex," a security official told AFP.