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Shots Fired at Yemeni Opposition Leader, Companion Critically Hurt

November 27, 1988

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) _ Shots were fired Saturday night from a passing car at a group that included Ibrahim Alwazir, a leading opponent of the government of North Yemen, critically wounding one man, a spokesman for Alwazir said.

The shooting occurred at 7:20 p.m. outside a restaurant in this Detroit suburb, said Hani Issac, spokesman for Alwazir. Dearborn is home to many members of the area’s large Arab community.

Police confirmed a shooting took place but refused to release any details until Monday.

Alwazir, 56, an opponent of the military government of North Yemen, a nation of about 5.9 million on the Arabian peninsula, was on a three-day visit to the Detroit area from his home in Washington, D.C., Issac said.

North Yemen is a U.S. ally while its southern neighbor, South Yemen, has a pro-Soviet government.

Alwazir and several other people were gathering for an informal meeting at the Peacock restaurant when a car drove by and someone in the vehicle fired about 10 shots at them, Issac said.

Alwazir was unhurt but Naji Isa was wounded in the leg, Issac said. Isa was taken to Oakwood Hospital, where he was in critical condition late Saturday, said a nursing supervisor who refused to give her name.

Isa was to undergo emergency surgery Saturday night, the supervisor said.

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