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February 11, 1986

The new regime in South Yemen announced that a former head of state, Abdul-Fattah Ismail, was killed within hours after fighting broke out Jan. 13 in the radical Mideast nation. Ismail, 49, was the hard-line Marxist ideologue named by the former leadership as the mastermind of a coup that began that day against strongman Ali Nasser Hasani. Aden radio quoted a statement by the governing Yemen Socialist Party announcing Ismail's "martyrdom" and a three-day state of mourning beginning today.

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