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Yemeni prime minister survives assassination attempt

By Hakim Almasmari, for CNN
updated 6:30 AM EDT, Sun September 1, 2013
Yemeni PM Mohammed Salem Basindwa (R) at a mass wedding ceremony in Sanaa on March 14, 2013.
Yemeni PM Mohammed Salem Basindwa (R) at a mass wedding ceremony in Sanaa on March 14, 2013.

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa escaped an assassination attack Saturday and was unharmed, a government spokesman said.

Ali al-Sarari, a senior adviser to the prime minister, said the premiere's three-car convoy was shot at by unknown gunmen, who escaped.

A day earlier, Yemeni Information Minister Ali al-Amrani's car was shot at as he was passing through a military checkpoint.

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