Several Yemeni policemen shot dead

Seven Yemeni policemen have been shot dead by followers of an anti-government cleric killed by the army last year.

    The assailants are said to be slain Yemeni cleric al-Huthi's followers

    The policemen were attacked when patrolling on Monday in Saada province in northwest Yemen, a local government source said.

      

    The policemen were killed by followers of Shaikh Husain Badr al-Din al-Huthi, from the Faithful Youth organisation, who attacked their patrol at dawn in Nushur, northeast of the town of Saada, the source said, requesting anonymity.

      

    Police and army units launched an offensive against the attackers following the ambush, but it was not immediately known if any of al-Huthi's followers were killed in the assault, in which heavy weapons were used, he added.

     

    Killed

     

    Earlier in March, three supporters of al-Huthi were killed while trying to flee from police after a shootout.

     

    The supporters were speeding away in a car after exchanging fire with police at a weapons market in Saada province, north of the capital, Sanaa.

     

    It had been the first such incident since the Yemeni government announced on 10 September 2004 that the army had killed al-Huthi.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.