Yemen: Republican Guard mutiny crushed

January 29, 2012 - 8:05 AM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni military official says units loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh have crushed a mutiny by Republican Guard troops in the capital demanding the ouster of their commander.

The official says an unspecified number of people were wounded when loyalist Guard units crushed the mutiny by the force's 4th Brigade outside Sanaa on Sunday.

He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with military rules.

The Republican Guard is considered a pillar of the regime.

Yemen is preparing for presidential elections on Feb. 21, but many fear that Saleh will try to keep his allies in power.

Saleh is currently in the United States seeking medical treatment. Yemen's air force has seen a wave of anti-Saleh mutinies over the past week.