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SANAA — More than 200,000 Yemenis took to the streets Tuesday demanding the repeal of an immunity for ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in the largest protest since the longtime leader stepped down in February.

“The number of participants has exceeded 200,000,” said a member of the organizing committee, while another said protesters covered 3 miles along the main street of the capital.

The protest, which had been called for last week by the Committee of Youth of the Peaceful Revolution, came hot on the heels of an explosion that targeted Defense Minister Mohammed Nasser Ahmed. He survived the attack, but 13 people were killed, including seven of his guards.

Protesters want to bring Mr. Saleh and his aides to justice over the killing of demonstrators during a year of protest against his 33-year rule.

Although he stepped down, Mr. Saleh is believed to be working behind the scenes to undermine the country’s political transition.


Bomb attack wounds Bahrain police officer

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Bahrain police officer was in critical condition Tuesday after being hit in a petrol-bomb attack by unknown assailants in a Shiite village, a police statement said.

The policeman sustained injuries when his patrol came under attack late Monday near the entrance of Al-Dair village in Muharraq, northeast of the Bahraini capital of Manama, the statement said.

A group of local “terrorists used Molotov cocktails and iron rods to attack a police Jeep that had been deployed to provide security in the area,” it said, adding that the police officer was rushed to hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Al-Wefaq Shiite opposition said Tuesday that police attacked a community religious facility in Al-Dair with tear gas.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom has continued to witness sporadic Shiite-led protests, mostly outside the capital, since it crushed a protest movement in a bloody crackdown in March last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports