Yemen lawmaker killed in ambush

Gunmen ambushed and killed Yemeni lawmaker Saleh al-Hindi early on Friday in a volatile northern region where government forces are battling Zaydi rebels, a tribal source said.

Yemen lawmaker killed in ambush
It was not clear who was behind the attack on Hindi but the lawmaker is known to support government efforts to subdue rebels led by Abdul-Malik Houthi in the Saada province.

Hindi's son was also killed in the attack, the source said.

Sunni Muslims make up the majority of Yemen's 19 million population, while most of the rest are from the Zaydi branch of Shi'ite Islam. The conflict in Saada between rebels and the forces of the U.S.-allied government has been raging on and off since 2004.

Located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, it is one of the poorest countries outside of Africa.

Reuters
Last Mod: 18 Nisan 2008, 12:20
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