Yemen Shiite Rebels Bomb Pro-government Chieftain's Home, 3 Killed
    2010-07-03 01:55:34     Xinhua      Web Editor: Zhao
 

Yemeni Shiite rebels on Friday blew up the home of a pro-government tribal chieftain in a northern cease-fire area, killing three people, the Interior Ministry said.

"Shiite rebels exploded the home of Sheikh Sageer Aziz, a tribal leader of Harf Sufian, who stands by the government in its war against the rebellion that ended in February in a troubled district in the northern province of Amran," the ministry said in a statement on its website.

"Three of Sheikh Aziz's followers who were inside the house were killed in the brazen attack," the statement added.

The statement labeled the incident as "subversive act" and said the attackers fled the scene as security authorities launched an investigation to identify those rebel perpetrators and to bring them to justice.

Since 2004, Yemen has witnessed sporadic battles between government troops and the Shiite Houthi rebels whom the government accused of seeking to re-establish the clerical rule overthrown by the 1962 Yemeni revolution which yielded the Yemeni republic.

On February 11, the government and Shiite rebels struck a cease- fire agreement to end the conflict in the northern part of the country, however, both sides repeatedly trade accusations of breaching the truce which still holds so far.

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