Yemen defense minister survives mine blast, gov't says

By REUTERS
August 30, 2011 21:21

 
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ADEN - Yemen's defense minister narrowly escaped death on Tuesday after his convoy drove over a landmine in the country's volatile south, a government official said.

General Mohammed Nasser Ahmed survived the explosion, which killed two of his guards and injured four others during a visit to the southern province of Abyan, where Islamist militants suspected of links to al-Qaida are contesting army control.

The official earlier said the minister had survived an assassination attempt, but later said he was not targeted in an attack.

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