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Three wounded in shootout outside Yemen polling station

Southern militants opposed to Yemen's single candidate presidential election next week exchanged fire with police outside a polling station late Friday, leaving three civilians wounded, residents said.

world Updated: Feb 20, 2012 01:16 IST

Southern militants opposed to Yemen's single candidate presidential election next week exchanged fire with police outside a polling station late Friday, leaving three civilians wounded, residents said.

The armed supporters of the Southern Movement opened fire on the polling station in the Dar Saad neighbourhood of the region's main city Aden as part of their campaign to disrupt the vote, in which veteran Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi is the sole candidate.

A woman was among the wounded, the residents said.

Security forces also arrested four armed militants of the Southern Movement in Aden on Friday evening as they were handing out pamphlets calling for a boycott of the vote, a security official said.

Security has been bolstered in Aden in the run-up to the election, with police deployed to guard polling stations and extra checkpoints set up on main roads, an AFP correspondent reported.