Yemen rebels kill British, French students

26th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

SANAA, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - A French and a British student, both Muslims, were killed in an attack by Shiite rebels on a Sunni Islamic college in a restive region of Yemen, a tribal source said on Monday.

SANAA, March 26, 2007 (AFP) - A French and a British student, both Muslims, were killed in an attack by Shiite rebels on a Sunni Islamic college in a restive region of Yemen, a tribal source said on Monday.

An Algerian student was also wounded in the attack which took place on Sunday, in the northern province of Saada, where Zaidi minority rebels are fighting government forces, the source told AFP requesting anonymity.

He said that the students were part of a group who were guarding the school at night.

The British and French embassies in Sanaa were not immediately available for comment.

Dozens of foreign students attend the school for Islamic studies at Dammaj, which is run by a Sunni Salafist group, the source added.

Sunni Salifists consider Shiite Muslims as heretics.

The Zaidis are an offshoot of Shiite Islam dominant in northwestern Yemen but form a minority in the mainly Sunni country. They began fighting government forces in 2004, since when hundreds have been killed.

The rebellion -- which the government claimed to have crushed in April 2005 -- flared up again in January following a presidential ultimatum for the rebels to disarm.

The rebels reject as illegitimate the current Yemeni authorities who seized power in a 1962 coup known as the September 26 revolution, overthrowing a Zaidi imamate.

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