Yemen sacks police academy chief, Houthis storm info minister's office

At least 37 people were killed and 66 others injured in a car bombing on Wednesday morning outside the police academy in central Sanaa

Yemen sacks police academy chief, Houthis storm info minister's office

World Bulletin/News Desk

Yemeni Interior Minister Abdel-Razeq al-Moyaad has sacked director of the country's police academy in Sanaa, one day after a car bombing killed dozens of people and injured more others just outside its premises, a security source said.

"The minister dismissed Ali Sherafi as the director of the police academy and appointed Abdullah Qiran in his stead," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

The minister also fired head of the Police Club, which is only meters away from the academy, the source said.

"The two were sacked due to their failure to preserve security around the premises of the two sites," the source added.

At least 37 people were killed and 66 others injured in a car bombing on Wednesday morning outside the police academy in central Sanaa. The bomb went off as a group of aspiring cadets had gathered to enroll at the academy.

Meanwhile, Shiite Houthi militants have stormed the Sanaa offices of Information Minister Nadia al-Saqaf, a source close to the minister said Thursday.

"Houthi militants stormed the office and copied several documents," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency, saying the minister was not in the office at the time.

No member of the group was available for immediate comment.

In recent months, the Houthis, who took control of the capital in late September, have emerged as a major power, changing the fractious country's political map.

The Shiite group's political ambitions have pitted it against Al-Qaeda, which remains influential in central and southern Yemen, and local Sunni tribes.

The Arab country has been hard-hit by political turmoil since a popular uprising that erupted in 2011 toppled longstanding president Ali Abdullah Saleh one year later.

 

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