Security official, two soldiers killed in protests in north Yemen

09:33, March 15, 2011      

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The commander of the security headquarters in Yemen's northern province of Al-Jouf, along with two soldiers, were killed Monday when an armed group of the opposition attacked the headquarters, state media reported.

The commander, Lieutenant Abdul-Ghani al-Eliyan, was shot dead when the armed group stormed the building of the headquarters. Sergeant Ibrahim al-Kasab and Sergeant Khaled al-Bareie were also killed in the attack, official Saba news agency reported.

The gunmen set the building and two police cars on fire, the agency cited a statement of the security forces as saying.

A provincial security official told Xinhua that the attack took place when hundreds of armed demonstrators calling for the resignation of President Ali Abdullah Saleh turned to violence.

The Yemeni government blamed the attack on the opposition coalition the Joint Meeting Parties, according to Saba.

Earlier the day, around 1,000 protesters calling for an end to Saleh's regime stormed the government compound in the northeastern province of Marib, stabbing the governor Naji bin Ali al-Zaidi several times in his chest, a local security official told Xinhua.

Local reports said many Yemeni families have ammunition, and the country's 23 million population own more than 60 million pieces of firearms, including heavy machine-guns and rocket launchers.

Source: Xinhua
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