- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 26, 2013

Twenty people were wounded after two explosives detonated on a busy street in Yemen’s capital of Sana’a on Thursday, the Interior Ministry said.

No one was injured in the first blast, but after a crowd began to gather, a second explosive, hidden under a pile of trash, injured 20 people, the Associated Press reported.

Yemen has been rocked by turmoil since 2011 when al-Qaeda’s local branch seized significant swaths of territory during political upheaval that led to the ouster of longtime autocratic President Ali Abdullah Saleh, AP reported.

SEE ALSO: Al Qaeda militants kill 38 troops in Yemen attack

The new U.S.-backed president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, spoke out against Saleh in a speech Thursday, hailing Yemen’s Arab Spring uprising.

His comments come as the country begins to map out a new charter.

Islamist hardliner Abdul-Majeed el-Zidani on Thursday called for a stronger a role for Islamic law in the country’s new constitution, AP reported.

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