World Bulletin/News Desk
Gunmen shot dead three people in a failed attempt to assassinate a Houthi rebel leader on Saturday after he left Yemen's "national dialogue" talks aimed at ending political turmoil in the country, sources at the talks said.
Abdo Abu Ras, the Houthis' representative at the negotiations, was returning by car to his hotel in the capital Sanaa when gunmen opened fire, killing three of his companions, the sources said.
"The aim (of the assassination attempt) was to push us to withdraw from the dialogue, but we will not do so," said Abdulkarim Jadban, a leader of the group.
"What we fear is that there will (also) be a plot to target the southerners to make them withdraw from participating in the conference."
Separatists who want to revive a defunct socialist state in the south are taking part in the talks, as are leaders of the 2011 street protests, Saleh's General People's Congress party and the Islah party, representing Islamist and tribal groups.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2013, 16:07