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6 soldiers killed in Yemen violence

world Updated: May 14, 2011 19:34 IST

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A Yemeni security official says gunmen killed six soldiers and wounded a seventh in a central province. Activists say police clashed with protesters in the southern city of Taiz, injuring 15 during a rally calling for President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster.

The official says the soldiers were attacked today at a checkpoint in the town of Radda in Bayda province. He says the assailants fled.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he isn't authorised to brief the media. Seven Yemeni soldiers died in two ambushes yesterday. Activist Ghazi al-Samai says police in Taiz fired rubber bullets, live ammunition and tear gas at the protesters who had chained three government offices there as part of a civil disobedience campaign, which is meant to press Saleh to step down.