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5 bombs hit Yemen capital, Shiite militiaman killed

AFP , Tuesday 23 Dec 2014
People gather at the site of a bomb explosion in Sanaa December 23, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
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Five small bombs on Tuesday hit the centre of the Yemeni capital, mostly controlled by Shiite militiamen since September, killing one of them and wounding two others, a medic said.

The first explosion went off in the old quarter of Sanaa when one of the militiaman known as Huthis tried to defuse a bomb discovered underneath the car of a judge. He died in hospital, according to the medic.

Another four bombs planted in garbage containers in the same Bustan al-Sultan neighbourhood then exploded within intervals around five minutes, an AFP correspondent reported.

The Huthis, who fought authorities for a decade in their northern stronghold, overran Sanaa on September 21 and have since expanded to coastal areas and southern regions, where they faced Sunni tribes backed by Al-Qaeda militants.

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