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The Pentagon increased its alert status throughout the Middle East in the wake of Thursday's reported terror bombing of a defense ministry installation located in Yemen, according to the American Forces Press Service.

The terrorist attack, which occurred in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital city, reportedly killed dozens of people.

More than 50 people were killed and another 170 were wounded when an improvised explosive device (IED) in an automobile was detonated in the defense ministry building located in Yemen's capital city Sanaa on Thursday, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Six foreign medical doctors who were volunteering their services to the Yemeni people were among those mortally wounded, according to an American Forces Press Service report.

In addition, three Yemeni physicians and five inpatients, including a judge, were killed by the blast that struck the hospital located within the ministry’s complex, according to U.S. officials.

A Yemeni government spokesman said that two gunmen have been captured by police, and it's believed al-Qaeda-linked terrorists are likely suspects of the terrorist attack.

Mansour al-Zindani, a spokesperson, said the attack has all the marks of an al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorist operation, which the U.S. regards as the Islamist network’s most lethal branch.

“The United States condemns the terrorist attack against the Yemeni Ministry of Defense, which resulted in the senseless killing and wounding of dozens,” U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf said in a statement.

“We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims,” Harf added. “We stand with Yemen against this violence and remain firmly committed to supporting the Yemeni people as they seek to conclude the National Dialogue and move forward peacefully with Yemen’s historic democratic transition.”

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