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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Salih Attack Confirmed as Planted TNT

The attack which wounded Yemeni President Salih on has been confirmed as having come from a planted explosive, not a mortar or rocket attack as originally reported. Investigators found traces of TNT planted in the mosque. It had been reported previously but now has apparently been confirmed. The ability to plant explosives inside a mosque in the Presidential compound suggests eithe4r an inside job or a security lapse.

Meanwhile, Salih remains in Saudi Arabia, and many reports say the Saudis are pressuring him .to step down but he and his sons are resisting.

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