Gunmen attack Yemen election committee office

January 29, 2012 14:54

ADEN - Gunmen attacked an office of Yemen's electoral committee in a southern province, a local official said on Sunday, in the latest sign of opposition to a presidential election next month.

The official told Reuters the gunmen, armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades, wounded two soldiers who were guarding the building in Dalea before fleeing the scene.

The government, weakened by a year of protests against outgoing President Ali Abdallah Saleh, faces challenges from al Qaida-linked militants who have seized territory in the south and separatists who want to revive a southern socialist state that existed before Saleh united it with the north in 1990.

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