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Official: Clashes in Yemeni capital leave 1 dead

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AHMED AL HAJ | August 2, 2013 09:07 AM EST | AP

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SANAA, Yemen — A military official says clashes erupted in the Yemeni capital when a group of soldiers who had joined a mutiny tried to storm the presidential palace. One of the mutinied troops was killed and six were wounded in the fighting.

The official says the guards at the palace repelled the attackers by shooting and firing mortars for hours on Friday. The military later deployed tanks and armored vehicles around the palace.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to talk to the media.

The attackers were part of a mutinied group of Republican Guard troops, loyal to Yemen's ousted president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. In a similar attack last year, another group tried to storm the Defense Ministry.