Fighters loyal to Yemeni tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar
Fighters loyal to Yemeni tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar guard the area around his family home in the al-Hasaba neighbourhood of north Sanaa on May 26. Six Nahm tribe fighters and a Yemeni Republican Guards officer were killed and ten Guards wounded in fighting when the tribesmen seized a checkpoint northeast of Sanaa © Mohammed Huwais - AFP
Fighters loyal to Yemeni tribal leader Sadiq al-Ahmar
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Last updated: February 6, 2012

Yemeni soldier, six tribesmen killed: tribal source

Six Nahm tribe fighters and a Yemeni Republican Guards officer were killed and ten Guards wounded on Friday in fighting when the tribesmen seized a checkpoint northeast of Sanaa, a tribal source said.

The officer commanded a nearby Republican Guards camp, said the source, adding that the tribesmen later left the checkpoint in Al-Fardha area about 75 kilometres (45 miles) northeast of Sanaa on the road to Maarib city.

The fighting began early on Friday, according to another tribal source.

"Early in the morning, we launched attacks against three Republican Guards checkpoints in Al-Fardha area, and we were able to take control of one of the checkpoints," the second tribal source said.

A third tribal source said that Yemeni jets bombed the checkpoint after it was seized.

The cause of the fighting was unclear.

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