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Seven killed in Yemen blasts

Grenade attack in Taez accounts for six casualties

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Soldiers block protesters during a demonstration at the residence of President Hadi in Sana’a on Friday seeking the dismissal ofrelatives of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh from key military and security posts.
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Sana’a: A man lobbed a grenade in a busy market on Friday in Yemen’s second largest city of Taez, killing at least six people, officials said, while a blast in Sana’a claimed one more life.

Ten others were injured in the attack in Taez, staged when the market reopened in the evening after the Ramadan fasting hours, an official in the Taez governor’s office said. “A man on a motorbike threw a grenade, killing six people and injuring 10 others,” he said, adding that the motive behind the attack was not yet clear.

Another person was killed and one more was injured in a blast in a southern neighbourhood of Sana’a when an explosive device placed near an internet cafe went off, locals and a doctor said.

The Defence Ministry said the explosion occurred near a khat market. Khat is a plant chewed for its stimulant qualities and is banned from import to the United States and many European countries, though it is still legal in Britain. Taez was a protest hotbed last year during months of unrest against the rule of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and the country is still struggling to get back on its feet since Saleh stepped down five months ago in a deal that ended months of protests against his 33-year rule and replaced him with his deputy, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

Last week, eight people were killed in clashes between Yemeni government forces and armed tribesmen loyal to Saleh, who were trying to storm the Interior Ministry in the capital. It was viewed as a direct challenge to Hadi’s authority, who is trying to restructure the armed forces and stabilise the impoverished country, where Saleh’s legacy still looms large.