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Yemen sacks intel chief, interior minister: report

SANAA, Yemen--Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has sacked his interior minister and an intelligence chief after a rise in unrest in the country, official news agency Saba reported on Saturday.

In February, Hadi had criticized the "below-par" performance of Yemen's security services in tackling the growing unrest.

Saba reported on Saturday that Hadi named Abdo Tareb to replace interior minister Abdelqader Qahtan and General Jalal al-Rweshan to take over from Ghalib al-Qamesh as head of the political intelligence department.

He also appointed Khaled Bahhah to replace outgoing Oil Minister Ahmad Dares, the agency said. Hadi had decided on the changes amid public anger over the mounting unrest in the country, political sources said.

Militants across Yemen launch near-daily attacks on the security forces. On Saturday morning, five al-Qaida militants launched an attack on an army base in the southern town of Loder, killing two soldiers, a military source told AFP. One of the attackers, a Saudi national, was killed in the ensuing gunfight, and three others were wounded and captured, the source said.

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