The Yemeni government launched an all-out military
operation in May against the al-Qaida group. However, the group vowed to target the capital Sanaa, where a number of deadly attacks have been carried out against high-level security and military personnel.The deadly bombing was the second in less than two months in Sanaa,
after an attack on a military parade rehearsal in
al-Sabeen Square in May, which killed about 100 central security forces
in a highly-guarded square adjacent to the presidential palace.
"It's an urgent message to chiefs of the Yemeni intelligence
services, the political security agency and the national security that
we will carry out another sophisticated operation against police forces
in Sanaa in days," an al-Qaida spokesman identified himself as Abu Hajar
al-Hadramy said in an audio tape carried by al-Qaida media Al-Malahim
Foundation on July 6.
Wednesday's attack occurred in front of the police academy in
downtown Sanaa while the cadets were leaving after classes finished.