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South Yemen paralysed in protest over tribal chief death

Published on Dec 21, 2013 9:19 PM
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Supporters of a southern separatist movement burn a qat market in the southeastern Yemeni city of Mukalla, on Dec 20, 2013. Several cities in south Yemen were virtually paralysed on Saturday, Dec 21, 2013, as an armed clash between southern militants and security forces wounded six people, witnesses and police said. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

ADEN (AFP) - Several cities in south Yemen were virtually paralysed on Saturday as an armed clash between southern militants and security forces wounded six people, witnesses and police said.

Schools and public offices were closed and shops shuttered on the second day of a protest movement over the killing of a tribal chief in a confrontation with the army.

Four Southern Movement militants and two policemen were wounded in an armed clash in Ataq, capital of Shabwa province, police said.

Security sources said the militants seized a rapid intervention force vehicle and police had to repel gunmen who briefly took over a telecommunications centre.

 
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