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Ten soldiers were injured, including four seriously, in two blasts that took place near a security headquarters and a presidential palace in Al-Mukalla, in the southern Yemeni province of Hadhramaut, a security source said.
The source, who asked not to be named, told Anadolu Agency that one of the two blasts was caused by a booby-trapped car, while the other was caused by a rocket-propelled grenade.
The source said the blasts were followed by clashes between Yemeni security men and suspected Al-Qaeda militants.
He described the magnitude of the blasts as "large," saying that militants have taken positions along the coastal road in Al-Mukalla.
The two explosions coincided with a raid carried out by unknown militants on a branch of the private Yemen International Bank in the same city, according to the source.
He did not say, however, whether the militants succeeded in seizing money from the bank.
Yemen has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down in 2012 after 33 years in power.
Mediators fail to restore truce in Yemen's Jawf
A committee appointed by Yemen's presidency on Thursday failed to restore an earlier ceasefire in the northern Al-Jawf province between the army and allied tribes on one hand and Shia Houthi militants on the other, according to one committee member who blamed the latter for the deadlock.
"Committee members withdrew from disputed sites after the Houthis repeatedly stalled a deal," Mohamed Daraan told Anadolu Agency on Thursday.
"The Houthi representative claimed he was awaiting confirmation from group leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi to carry out terms of the deal," Daraan said.
"But committee members withdrew [from talks] for fear of being accused of taking sides," he added.
He noted that committee members might hold a press conference in coming days to discuss the talks in detail.
He went on to urge Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi to draw up a new mediation committee to pick up from where he and his colleagues left off.
Clashes first erupted in Al-Jawf between Houthis and local tribesmen in April, resulting in casualties on both sides.
A few weeks ago, the mediation committee succeeded in forging a temporary ceasefire, but this proved short-lived.
Al-Jawf is strategically important in that it is located near Yemen's eastern Maarib province, the center of the country's oil production.Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2014, 09:37