ADEN, Yemen, March 13 (Xinhua) -- At least three activists of a secessionist movement were killed and 10 others injured in fresh clashes with police troops in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Wednesday, a security official told Xinhua.
The police troops opened fire and attempted to disperse hundreds of secessionist demonstrators in Aden's neighborhood of Mansoura, leaving at least three people killed and 10 others injured, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.
"The pro-secession activists blocked main roads with rocks and burned tires cross the Mansoura district after a protest rally," the security source said.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has called for separatist groups in the country's southern regions to take part in a planned reconciliation national dialogue to settle disputes and promised to compensate them.
Separatist sentiment escalated after a four-month civil war in 1994. Southerners complain of being economically and politically marginalized and discriminated.
Hadi announced that the government will hold the national dialogue on March 18 to solve disputes among political factions and pave the way for amending the constitution and preparing for presidential elections in 2014.