2 killed, 8 wounded in demonstrations in Yemen

Two Yemenis were killed and eight others wounded Sunday in continued clashes between security forces and protesters in the country's south, local residents said. The casualties occurred when troops fired into a crowd of demonstrators in the southern town of Kode in Abyan province, said the residents, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of government reprisal. Local security officials confirmed the two deaths Sunday, raising to three the total number of people who have been killed in recent days in clashes between authorities and thousands of former southern Yemen army officers, political activists and unemployed men who accuse the Yemeni government in the north of unequal treatment. The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.