The deadly terrorist bombing which targeted some students of the Police Academy on Wednesday afternoon has left more than 10 students killed and 19 others wounded, of whom 4 in critical conditions, the Interior Ministry said in a statement posted on its website.
"While on their way to their homes to spend the weekend, a terrorist threw a belt packed with explosives at them, turning their happiness for holiday into an occasion for grief and mourning. The bomber himself sustained major injuries but did not die on the spot," Tawfiq al-Wajih, the head of Bab al-Yemen Police Station, told Yemen Post.
"We think that he threw the belt because he did not die immediately. The bomber died hours after he was being transferred to the hospital," He added, questioning the sense of the terrorists who carry out such attacks against youths on their prime for no reason or crime they committed.
While many eyewitnesses asserted the bomber was on a motorcycle, others said he was dropped off from a Salon car.
The explosion site was very crowded as it occurred in one of Sana'a's most populated areas, al-Safia. Hundreds of people rushed to the explosion site, prompting the riots police to disperse them using water canons.
Furthermore, the officials and crime scene investigators seemed to be confused with some of them exchanging insults and starting fights. The head of the Interior Ministry crime scene investigation unit engaged in a raw and was about to be involved in a fist fighting with a high-ranking intelligence officer wearing civilian clothes. Soldiers managed to separate the two officials.
Minister of Interior, Abdul-Kader Qahtan was seen at the site as he paid a very short visit and left after the head of the Academy briefed him on what happened.
Abdul-Karim Ahmed, a student in the Police Academy, said, "We were excited and happy that we were dismissed for the weekend. But as I was preparing to leave, I heard a big explosion at the back gate of the academy. I rushed to the scene and found my friends' limbs and blood scattered there."
"The bomber was alive. He had only lost a hand and a leg but he looked miserable." He continued, with sadness and shock evident on his face.
Many officials said that the attack bears the hallmarks of al-Qaeda, but up to this present moment the terrorist network has not claimed responsibility for the attack.