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Yemeni throws grenade during argument; kills one

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SANAA, Apr 23 (Reuters) A Yemeni man today lobbed a hand grenade during an argument in a crowded market in Sanaa, killing at least one person and wounding 16, officials said.

Witnesses said ambulances had rushed some 22 people to hospital after the blast, which occurred in a market selling qat, a stimulant leaf popular among Yemenis.

The Yemeni government is trying to crack down on unlicensed arms, which remain plentiful more than a decade after the end of the civil war. But government control over many areas of the mountainous, impoverished country remains weak, leaving the law in the hands of tribal chiefs.

REUTERS SRS KP1647

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