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Explosions hit polling stations in Yemen's Aden, 1 policeman killed, 5 injured

(Xinhua)

08:11, February 21, 2012

ADEN, Yemen, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Explosions rocked several polling stations early Monday in Yemen's southern port city of Aden followed by shootouts between security forces and pro- separatism gunmen, killing at least one policeman and injuring five others, a local security officer told Xinhua.

The first explosion targeted a polling center of the electoral committee in the Khor Maksar district in Aden after gunmen believed to be linked to the pro-secession Southern Movement attacked the center with home-made grenades, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

Armed clashes also erupted between the security forces and the gunmen following the explosion, according to local residents.

A witness told Xinhua anonymously that gunshots can still be heard in the neighborhood and smokes seen rising from the committee building.

Elsewhere in Aden, a police officer said on condition of anonymity that bombs planted inside a center of the electoral committee in the Crater district, was detonated, causing a huge damage to the building, but no casualties were reported.

The explosions were well planned one day ahead of the presidential elections, the officer said.

Security officials accused an armed faction of the pro- secession Southern Movement of "masterminding the attacks in an attempt to disrupt the presidential voting from taking place in the country's southern regions by using violence."

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