SANAA - A southern Yemeni politician who recently returned from exile survived an assassination attempt on Monday, security sources said, the latest in a series of such attacks in a state where Washington is fighting Islamist militants.

Mohammed Ali Ahmed, an interior minister in a short-lived breakaway government in south Yemen in 1994, returned home in March after 18 years in exile.

Yemen's government is trying to re-establish order after an uprising pushed out veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, but faces threats from Islamist militants, southern secessionists and a Shi'ite rebel movement in the north.

Security sources said Ahmed was meeting with other southern factions at a hotel in the eastern province of Hadramout when a roadside bomb placed under his parked car blew up. He was unharmed and there were no reports of causalities.

Yemeni factions, including separatists who want to reinstate a southern state that united with the north in 1990, have been invited to a national dialogue ahead of a parliamentary election in 2014.

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