At least 25 people were killed today in a car bomb and gun battle at Yemeni defense ministry compound in Sanaa.
The defense ministry said the attack targeted the ministry's hospital and most of the gunmen had been killed or wounded.
Six doctors , three Yemeni, a Venezuelan and two from the Philippines were among those killed, medical and security sources told AFP.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack. But the US-allied country has been grappling with a security threat by al-Qaeda-linked militants, who have repeatedly attacked government officials and installations over the past two years.
Witnesses said the explosion shook the compound in the old district of Sanaa, where the country's central bank is also located.