June 3, 2011 / 2:27 PM / in 7 years

Yemen tribe leaders denies link to palace attack

SANAA, June 3 (Reuters) - The leader of a powerful Yemeni tribal federation on Friday denied his group was behind an attack on the presidential palace earlier in the day that injured several officials, his office said.

Sadeq al-Ahmar, head of the Hashed federation, blamed President Ali Abdullah Saleh for the attack, saying it was done to help justify a government escalation of street fighting in the capital. (Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; writing by Jon Herskovitz; editing Reed Stevenson)

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