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March 8 2004

Five people were killed and 33 injured in a grenade attack on a group of people in Thamar after Friday prayers by an Islamic extremist who then killed himself.
Official sources said that Abdullah Ahmad Ghasan, about 30 years old, threw two grenades at a group of people at Ottoma after they finished Friday prayer, causing the death of five, including a woman, and injuring 33 others.
The killer fled to his house where he fired his gun, killing himself.
While the sources said he suffered from psychological disturbance and had family problems, Yemen Times learnt from reliable sources in Thamar that the murderer is former militant who fought in Afghanistan during the war against the former Soviet Union.
According to the official sources, police found a letter in his pocket saying that he operated the crime because he “wanted to clean up the village from corruption.”
Authorities are investigating.