Six Yemeni soldiers dead in clash with Shiite gunmen
Six Yemeni troops died and 20 were injured when Shi'ite gunmen attacked state forces in a northern province, a government official said on Sunday. "A group of saboteurs led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi carried out a rare attack yesterday (Saturday) on locations belonging to the armed forces and security in the province of Saada," the official said in a statement cited by Reuters.
Houthi is the son of Sheikh Badr el-Deen al-Houthi and the brother of slain cleric Hussein, who sought to set up a Shi'ite regime. Hussein was killed in 2004. "The local authority and the armed and security forces in the province of Saada ... will carry out their duties in preserving security and stability and ending these acts of sabotage carried out by these criminals," the statement by the Saada security committee, quoted the official as saying.