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Security officials say suicide car bombing in southern Yemen kills 8 police officers

Police in Yemen say a suicide bomber has detonated his explosive-laden car outside a police station in the country's south, killing eight police officers and wounding 17.

The officials say the attack happened Sunday in Mukalla, the capital of the southern province of Hadramawt. They say the suicide bomber drove his car very close to the police station and argued with officers before the blast.

The officials say the bomber, believed to be an al-Qaida militant, tried to prolong his argument to draw more police officers to him to kill as many as possible.

The officials say the blast collapsed part of the building while other police officers were having lunch inside. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief journalists.