Yemen: Saudis among Defense Ministry attackers

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In this photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, security forces are on the scene after an explosion at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. A suicide car bomber struck Yemen's Defense Ministry Thursday, killing more than a dozen soldiers and paving the way for a carload of gunmen wearing army uniforms to storm the heavily guarded compound in the capital of Sanaa, military and hospital officials said. (AP Photo/Yemen Defense Ministry)

ADEN, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni military investigators say 12 militants, mostly Saudi nationals, were responsible for a brazen attack on the Defense Ministry's complex in the capital.

The committee led by Yemen's Chief of Staff Gen. Ahmed al-Ashwal put out a report Friday that set the death toll at 56, with another 215 wounded.

It described Thursday's attack as a two-stage operation, in which attackers disguised in military uniform drove a car packed with explosives into the complex, blew it up, then split into two groups. One swept through a military hospital while the second group attacked a laboratory. Both killed everyone they found.

A copy of the report was obtained by The Associated Press.

Officials earlier said 11 militants were killed. It was not clear if the 12th attacker was captured or escaped.