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Aden - Feb 14, 2012 - 11:04

Last modified: 14 Feb 2012 08:04

A man was killed when a bomb exploded as he was planting it in a polling booth in Yemen's southern city of Aden, a security official said, a week ahead of referendum-like presidential elections.

"An unknown man trying to plant an explosive device in a polling booth in the neighbourhood of Crater... was killed when it exploded," the official told AFP news agency, requesting anonymity.

Security forces were swiftly deployed across Crater, especially near election committees' headquarters, the official told AFP.

"We cannot accuse anyone yet but the extremist factions of the (separatist) Southern Movement led by (Yemen Socialist Party's former leader) Ali Salem al-Baidh are trying to hamper the elections," he said. [AFP]