5 bombs hit Yemen capital

2014-12-23 11:21
Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shi'ite rebels in Sanaa. (Hani Mohammed, AFP)

Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shi'ite rebels in Sanaa. (Hani Mohammed, AFP)

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Sanaa - Five small bombs on Tuesday hit the centre of the Yemeni capital, mostly controlled by Shi’ite militiamen since September, killing one of them and wounding two others, a medic said.

The first explosion went off in the old quarter of Sanaa when one of the militiaman known as Huthis tried to defuse a bomb discovered underneath the car of a judge. He died in hospital, according to the medic.

Another four bombs planted in garbage containers in the same Bustan al-Sultan neighbourhood then exploded within intervals around five minutes, an AFP correspondent reported.

The Huthis, who fought authorities for a decade in their northern stronghold, overran Sanaa on 21 September and have since expanded to coastal areas and southern regions, where they faced Sunni tribes backed by al-Qaeda militants.

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