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Originally published Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 2:20 AM

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Clashes in southern Yemen kill 2 separatists

Yemeni security and medical officials say a shootout in the south between security forces and southern separatists has killed two pro-independence fighters and wounded 18.

Associated Press

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ADEN, Yemen —

Yemeni security and medical officials say a shootout in the south between security forces and southern separatists has killed two pro-independence fighters and wounded 18.

Thursday's clashes came as Yemenis marked the first anniversary of the election of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The election - in a one-candidate referendum vote - was part of U.S.-backed power transfer deal following a year-long uprising that ousted longtime autocratic ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh.

The clashes erupted in the southern city of Aden as pro-Hadi demonstrators gathered to celebrate the anniversary.

Officials say separatist fighters then tried to storm the gathering, prompting security forces to open fire. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

Yemen's north and south were united in 1990.

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