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Yemen Socialist Party chief escapes assassin

AP , Sunday 8 Dec 2013
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Yemen's security officials say the leader of the country's Socialist Party has escaped an assassination attempt, the third on him in recent months.

The officials said an unknown attacker fired a gun fitted with a silencer at Yassin Said Noaman while he was driving his car in Sanaa on Sunday. The gunman missed Noaman, who is also deputy head of the country's National Dialogue Conference, but shattered the car's windows.

The Socialist Party, which ruled southern Yemen before it merged with the north in 1990, is one of the largest in parliament.

In Taiz, Yemen's second largest city, gunmen also killed Lt. col. Saddam Hussein al-Dahiri, chief security officer at the Taiz presidential palace, in in a drive-by shooting at a gasoline station.

All officials spoke anonymously according to regulations.

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