Five killed during south Yemen strike

2011-04-30 12:28

Aden – Two servicemen and three civilians were killed, and another 20 were wounded in south Yemen during a shutdown called by anti-government protesters today, officials said.

The defence ministry said an officer and a soldier were killed and two more soldiers were wounded, but gave no further details.

However, local officials said protesters opened fire on troops as they tried to dismantle roadblocks set up near Al-Mansura neighbourhood in Aden to demonstrate against the regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Two soldiers and a civilian were wounded there, they said.

They said troops moved into the area from where they suspected the attack was launched and opened fire, killing at least three civilians and wounding at least another 15 more.

The casualties were taken to a hospital in Aden, the south’s main port city, a medical source said.

Much of Aden was paralysed today following the strike call, local officials said. The city has been a hotbed of protests against Saleh, who has been in power for 32 years.

Four people were killed on Thursday and yesterday in southern Yemen during clashes between security forces and suspected al-Qaeda activists.

In addition to anti-regime protests against Saleh, Yemen has also been battling a secessionist movement in the south, a Shiite rebellion in the north and an al-Qaeda resurgence.

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