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Bomb wounds six Shiite militiamen in Yemen capital

AFP , Monday 5 Jan 2015
Followers of the Shi'ite Muslim Houthi movement gather after a blast outside a building belonging to the movement in Sanaa January 5, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

A bomb wounded six Shiite militiamen in the Yemeni capital on Monday, a security official said, the latest in spate of attacks on the Huthi fighters who overran Sanaa in September.

The blast hit a post of the Huthis' police force in the Hayel district of Sanaa, the official said.

It came a day after a bombing claimed by Al-Qaeda killed four people, including a journalist, at a Huthi gathering in the mainly Shiite city of Dhamar, south of the capital.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed 49 people at a religious celebration organised by Huthi supporters in the militia-held but mainly Sunni city of Ibb further south.

The Huthis have met mounting resistance from armed Sunnis, including Al-Qaeda loyalists, since they swept south from the capital into Sunni-majority areas late last year.

Yemen has been dogged by instability since an uprising forced longtime strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh from power in 2012, with the Huthis and Al-Qaeda seeking to fill the power vacuum.

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