Car Bomb Explodes in Yemen

Published October 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A car bomb exploded Monday in a southern Yemeni town, but no one was hurt, a security official told AFP. 

Several suspects have been arrested and are being questioned by police in the town of Daleh, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) north of Aden, the official said. 

The vehicle belonged to the head of the town's social security fund, Hamid Al-Khawalani. 

"The car was totally destroyed and several buildings were slightly damaged by the blast," said the official who refused to be named. 

Daleh has witnessed a series of recent protests, including on October 5 over economic hardship in the area which left six people injured in clashes with police. 

Two soldiers died and three others were wounded in Daleh province in September during clashes between villagers and the army. 

Soldiers were trying to arrest a former leader of the opposition Yemen Socialist Party (YSP) who had taken refuge in the village of Karad. 

On September 2, the YSP called for the government to carry out economic reforms and remove restrictions on the press and on political activities. 

The YSP ran the government of former South Yemen, which merged with North Yemen in 1990. The south tried to secede in 1994, but was defeated by northern troops. 

The main southern leaders, who live in exile, have been sentenced to death in absentia – ADEN, Yemen (AFP) 

 

 

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