Six soldiers injured in separatists' attack in S. Yemen

08:21, February 24, 2011      

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At least six soldiers were wounded when separatist gunmen attacked a security headquarters in Yemen's southern province of Lahj on Wednesday, a provincial security official said.

The official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity that about 15 separatist militants hurled grenades and shot hail of gunshots into the building of the Central Security Camp's headquarters in Ataq, the provincial capital city of Lahj, some 300 km south of Sanaa.

"Six policemen were injured, three of them were in critical conditions, as security forces fired back at the assailants, forcing them away from the building," he said.

"Backup security vehicles is chasing the militants to bring them to justice," he added.

Northern and southern parts were unified in 1990 according to a deal between the People's General Congress and the Yemeni Socialist Party. However, the deal fell apart, leading to a crisis between the two allies, which developed into a civil war in 1994.

Nowadays, voices rise in south Yemen where secessionist sentiments are simmering, calling for disengagement from the north and the restoration of the southern state.

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