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Yemen: Explosion in weapons factory kills at least 80

last update: March 28, 15:14

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Sanaa, 28 March (AKI) - At least 80 people were killed Monday by blast at weapons factory in southern Yemen that had been ransacked by armed insurgents, according to Dubai-based Arab-language news channel al-Arabiya.

Authorities said they expect the death toll to rise as they sift through the rubble and find further victims.

The factory near Jaar city manufactures ammunition and Kalashnikov automatic rifles. Militants not linked to Al-Qaeda reportedly seized the factory on 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.

Evidence is emerging that the country is becoming an Al-Qaeda stronghold.

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