(Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed at least 42 people on Thursday when he detonated an explosives-laden belt in a district of the Yemeni capital where the powerful Shi’ite Muslim Houthi movement had planned to hold a rally, medics and witnesses said.

A Reuters witness in Sanaa counted at least 20 bodies immediately after the attack on a checkpoint held by the Houthis, the country’s main power brokers since their paramilitary forces seized the capital on Sept. 21 following weeks of anti-government demonstrations.

Medical sources later said the death toll had risen to at least 42, including several children. The death toll was expected to climb further, with many of those wounded in serious or critical condition, they said.

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In a separate incident, at least 20 government soldiers were killed in a suicide car bombing and gun attack in the country’s east on Thursday, state news agency SABA reported.

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