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One soldier killed by secessionist gunmen in southern Yemen

English.news.cn   2013-05-07 08:04:26            

ADEN, Yemen, May 6 (Xinhua) -- A group of secessionist gunmen killed one soldier in an armed attack Monday on a military post in Yemen's southern province of al-Dhalea, a government official told Xinhua.

The secessionist assailants fired at army troops stationed at a military post in the suburbs of al-Dhalea province, leaving one soldier killed at the scene, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

"One group of secessionist attackers were driving near the military site and opened fire against the army troop there. Clashes broke out, in which one soldier was killed," the government source said.

Initial assessment and information showed the attackers were linked to an armed faction of the pro-secession Southern Movement, according to the official.

The southerners complain of being economically and politically marginalized and discriminated against since northern troops won a four-month civil war in 1994.

Thousands of supporters of pro-secession Southern Movement recently staged rallies to protest against the national reconciliation dialogue, which was launched in March by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, as part of a UN-backed political settlement to preserve the Yemeni unity.

The talks, which set to run for six months, aimed to end split between northern and southern regions, draft a new constitution and pave the way for general elections by the end of Hadi's two- year interim period in February 2014.

However, some leaders of the Southern Movement refused to join the talks, insisting that the Sanaa government should withdraw its troops from the south.

Editor: Hou Qiang
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