Yemen weapons factory blast toll climbs to 150

March 30th, 2011 - 11:47 am ICT by IANS  

Jaar (Yemen), March 30 (IANS/AKI) The toll from the explosion at a weapons factory in Yemen has climbed to 150, a media report said.

The explosion occurred Monday near the city of Jaar in Yemen’s south when fire at an adjacent warehouse containing munitions exploded, Arab-language satellite news channel al-Arabiya reported Tuesday.

The factory manufactures ammunition and Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Militants not linked to Al Qaeda reportedly seized the factory Sunday.

Yemen is facing anti-government protests a successionist rebellion in the south and a militant Islamist insurgency believed to driven by Al Qaeda in its south.


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