Yemen President's son shot, moved to Amman

March 4, 2004 at 1:14 PM
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AMMAN, Jordan, March 4 (UPI) -- A military commander Thursday shot and wounded the son of the president of Yemen before he was shot to death, sources told UPI.

Ahmed Ali Saleh, the son of President Ali Abdullah Saleh, was transported from Sanaa to a hospital in Amman, Jordan, by private jet, the sources said. His condition was not released.

It was unclear whether the shooting was related to a campaign launched Tuesday against extremist groups in the district of Abeen.

Ahmed Ali Saleh heads the country's special anti-terrorism forces.

Well-informed sources in Amman told UPI Saleh was admitted to Al-Hussein Medical City in Amman. The sources said security was tight.

UPI learned Saleh, a colonel and commander of the Yemeni Special Forces to Combat Terrorism, was shot by a military commander, identified as Ali al-Marani, in the Suwad Haziz camp, 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Sanaa.

Al-Marani was reportedly killed in an exchange of fire.

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