Separatists kill six soldiers in south Yemen clashes

11:51, January 09, 2011      

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At least six soldiers were killed and four others wounded in clashes between security forces and southern separatists in Yemen's southern Lahj province on Saturday, a security official said.

The clashes erupted after militants of the separatist Southern Movement attacked a security checkpoint at Almilah district in the town of Radfan in Lahj, a key stronghold of the armed separatist groups, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Deputy chief of the movement in Radfan, Faysal Jubran who leads the movement since March 2007, told Xinhua that clashes left one of his followers wounded.

Northern and southern parts of Yemen unified in 1990 under a deal between the People's General Congress party and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart which led to a crisis between the two allies and then turned into a civil war in 1994.

Sanaa has come under mounting pressure from Washington and the international community to solve its internal conflicts and focus on fighting Yemen-based al-Qaida regional wing.

Source: Xinhua
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