8 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide car bombing

Mourners take part in the funeral of Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei, the second-in-command of the Yemeni army, in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen on Friday. (REUTERS)
Updated 25 February 2017
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8 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide car bombing

SANAA/ADEN: A suicide car bomber has struck a security camp in a southern Yemeni city, the capital of Abyan province, at dawn on Friday, killing at least eight soldiers, Yemeni security officials say.
The officials say the bomber who was wearing a military uniform, was disguised as a driver carrying a load of fire wood for cooking.
He failed to get inside the camp after soldiers stopped him and instead blew himself up at the gates.
Residents said they heard a loud explosion at dawn in the city.
The bomber is suspected to be an Al-Qaeda member, the local official said.
The explosion took place on Friday in the city of Jaar, a militant hotbed.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief reporters. No group immediately claimed responsibility.
Similar attacks have taken place in the past few months with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) a suspect in targeting military posts.
Southern Yemen has been embroiled in civil war since March 2015 between the internationally recognized government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition, and Iran-allied Houthis.
It has seen a spate of suicide bombings by extremist groups.


Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. (Supplied)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Key events in Egypt since the 2011 pro-democracy uprising

CAIRO: Here are key events in eight years of turmoil and transition in Egypt, leading up to a national referendum on constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to remain in power until 2030.

● Feb. 11, 2011: Autocrat Hosni Mubarak steps down after 18 days of nationwide protests against his nearly 30-year rule. The military takes over, dissolving Parliament and suspending the constitution after the uprising leaves hundreds of protesters dead in clashes with security forces.

● Nov. 28, 2011-Feb. 15, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood wins nearly half the seats in multi-stage elections for the first post-Mubarak Parliament.

● June 30, 2012: The Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate Muhammad Mursi takes office as Egypt’s first freely elected president.

● Aug. 12, 2012: Mursi removes the defense minister and military chief, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, and replaces him with El-Sisi.

● Nov. 22, 2012: Mursi unilaterally decrees greater powers for himself, a move that sparks days of protests.

● Dec. 15-22, 2012: Egyptians approve a constitution drafted and hastily passed by Parliament amid protests and walkouts by other groups.

● June 30, 2013: On Mursi’s anniversary in office, millions of Egyptians begin days of demonstrations demanding his resignation. The military gives him 48 hours to reach an agreement with his opponents, but he vows to remain in office.

● July 3, 2013: El-Sisi announces Mursi’s removal.

● Aug. 14, 2013: More than 600 people, mostly Mursi supporters, are killed when police clear two pro-Mursi sit-ins in Cairo. Mursi supporters retaliate by torching government buildings, churches and police stations. Hundreds more die in subsequent violence.

● Dec. 25, 2013: The government designates the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

● May 26-28, 2014: Egyptians vote in a presidential election. El-Sisi wins with 96.9 percent of the vote.

● May 16, 2015: Mursi and more than 100 others are sentenced to death over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.

● Oct. 2015: Egypt holds parliamentary elections, leading to an assembly packed with El-Sisi supporters.

● April 2, 2018: El-Sisi wins a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 percent of the vote.
● Feb. 2019: Lawmakers submit proposed amendments to the constitution that allow El-Sisi to remain in power beyond his current second four-year term.

● April 10: President Donald Trump welcomes El-Sisi to the White House for a second official visit.

● April 17: The Parliament, packed with El-Sisi’s supporters, overwhelmingly passes the proposed amendments.

● April 18: Egypt’s National Election Authority schedules three days of voting in a nationwide referendum on the amendments. The vote takes place Saturday through Monday.