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Suicide car bomber kills at least 9 at tourist site in Yemen

A suicide car bomber in northeast Yemen killed at least nine people and wounded at least seven others Monday at a historic temple popular with tourists, witnesses and local authorities said.

A suicide car bomberin northeast Yemen killedat least nine people and wounded at least seven others Monday at a historic templepopular withtourists, said witnesses and local authorities.

Witnesses said a car entered the site before exploding, according to authorities in the province of Mareb.

Police said seven of the dead were tourists, believed to be mostly from Spain.

The other two victimswere Yemenis, the officerssaid on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized tospeak tothe media.

The temple was built about 3,000 years ago at the time of the Queen of Sheba.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but police said they received information last month about a possible al-Qaeda attack.

Despite the Yemeni government's attempts to quash its presence,al-Qaedahasbeen highly activein Yemen, the ancestral home of the terror network's leader, Osama bin Laden.

Al-Qaeda was blamed for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden that killed 17 American sailors and the attack on a French oil tanker that killed one person two years later.

With files from the Associated Press