Suicide car bomber hits Yemen militia, kills 5

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A Yemeni security official says a suicide bomber blew up an explosives-filled vehicle at a pro-government militia headquarters Monday, killing at least five people.

The attack came after a security official disclosed that the nation's president rejected a truce with al-Qaida.

The bombing took place in Lawder in the southern Abayan province, an area once held by al-Qaida militants.

The official said the bombing was typical of al-Qaida's tactics. Security forces cordoned off the area, fearing a second attack.

Al-Qaida's Yemen branch is considered the terror network's most dangerous, blamed for several unsuccessful attacks in the U.S. in recent years.

The security official said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi did not expect the truce proposal. He sent his intelligence chief to mediate an end to months of fighting between Yemen forces and the Islamic militants. The official said Hadi agreed to an amnesty for militants who renounce violence but was surprised with a two-month truce offer, which he rejected.

Yemen's al-Qaida branch posted a statement on militant websites Monday claiming that the intelligence chief agreed to the truce. The official denied that.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Al-Qaida took over parts of southern Yemen during a year of internal political turmoil. In the past year, forces loyal to the new government have dislodged the militants from some of its strongholds there.

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