Two killed in Yemen attack including a Frenchman

Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:43am EDT

(Updates with new death toll)

SANAA, March 26 (Reuters) - A French student and a Yemeni man were killed and another Frenchman was wounded on Monday when Shi'ite rebels attacked an Islamic college in a volatile area in northern Yemen, a government official said.

Earlier the official said two foreigners were killed in the attack.

A Frenchman, identified by the official only as Patrick, was killed, and a French student of Algerian origin was wounded.

The attack, in which a Yemeni man was also killed, took place in the province of Saada where government forces have been battling Shi'ite rebels since the beginning of this year.

Residents said about a dozen international students attended the Dammaj Institute for Islamic studies. Many had feared such attacks because of the clashes in the region.

Yemen said on Friday 15 Shi'ite rebels were killed in a battle with Yemeni soldiers.

Government officials say at least 290 rebels and 132 soldiers have been killed in the clashes. The rebels have denied those numbers but given none of their own.