Officers suspected to be loyalists of ousted President Ali Abdullah Saleh are leading a mutiny inside the headquarters of an elite paramilitary unit, seeking to oust their commander on Thursday, officials said.

The officials say gunfire was heard Thursday afternoon inside the Special Forces headquarters, located in the heart of the capital near the presidential palace. The mutineers chanted “leave leave” and tried to storm the office of Mohammed Mansour al-Ghadraa, their new commander. Al-Ghadraa was appointed in September.

Shiite rebels who seized the capital in September deployed their militiamen, officials said, adding that Presidential Guards cordoned off the area with armored vehicles and soldiers. […]