Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
SANAA - Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who suffered minor injuries in an attack at the presidential palace on Friday, said in a brief speech that the attack was by an "outlaw gang" of his tribal foes.
Speaking only via audio in a televised speech, Saleh blamed the attack on the powerful Hashed tribe led by Sadeq al-Ahmar who has been battling Saleh loyalists in Sanaa.
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"I salute our armed forces and the security forces for standing up
firmly to confront this challenge by an outlaw gang that has nothing to
do with the so-called youth revolution," Saleh said.
"Seven officers were martyred. We will follow these culprits sooner or later in cooperation with all security services."
Saleh said seven were killed in the attack on the presidential compound,
which state media said was an explosive device shot into a mosque
within the compound.
Saleh suffered minor injuries but is in "good health", the deputy
information minister earlier told a news conference. In Sanaa, thousands
have fled for safety, the latest escalation in an uprising against
Saleh's rule that began in January.