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Secessionist gunmen attack Yemeni army post, killing 10 soldiers

English.news.cn   2013-12-30 18:19:58            

ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Secessionist gunmen attacked a Yemeni military post in the troubled southern province of Lahj early on Monday, killing 10 army soldiers, a provincial police official told Xinhua.

The military post located in the suburbs of Lahj province was attacked by secessionist gunmen who was driving vehicles topped with machine-guns; at least 10 soldiers were killed at the scene, the official said on condition of anonymity.

The official said the attack took place in al-Habylan area, some 20 km from the entrance to Laj province.

An army source confirmed to Xinhua: "the army forces swiftly launched a large-scale manhunt against the secessionist attackers and arrested one of them."

"Two military vehicles were destroyed during the attack. The identities of the gunmen remained unclear," the army source said.

Tension escalated between security forces and supporters of the secessionist movement after artillery shells struck a funeral gathering attended by southern separatists on Friday, killing 12 people, including children.

Security authorities have tightened security measures around several government offices and military bases across the country's southern regions.

North and South Yemen were unified peacefully in 1990, but the relationship deteriorated in 1994. Calls for separation in the country's southern regions were renewed in 2007.

The Southerners have been complaining of being marginalized, particularly since they lost the four-month civil war in 1994. Pro- secession protests are on the rise in the south amid a worsening economic situation and allegations of discrimination in favor of northerners.

And concerns have increased since the conflicts in southern Yemen are creating instability where al-Qaida could gain foothold.

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SANAA, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- A Yemeni security court on Sunday sentenced nine al-Qaida suspects to up to 10 years in prison for plotting to assassinate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, official Saba news agency reported.

The court in the capital Sanaa sentenced nine al-Qaida suspects to between two and 10 years in prison for plotting to assassinate Haid by a roadside bomb on his convey in Sanaa during the past months. Full story

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