Attack at US Embassy in Yemen
A deadly suicide and rocket attack hit the high-security US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday killing at least 16 people including an Indian woman, a strike termed by the White House a reminder of the danger from “violent extremists” both at home and abroad.
As many as five explosions rocked the embassy followed by a fierce fire-fight outside the embassy in the capital city of Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.
A suicide bomber smashed his explosives-laden car at the entrance of the embassy which also came under rocket attacks, reports reaching here said.
A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen claimed the responsibility for the strike, which came six months after one of the US embassy’s residential compounds came under a rocket attack, and warned of similar strikes against the British, Saudi and United Arab Emirates missions in Sanaa.
“We will pursue the series of explosions according to our pre-established plan and (target) other embassies,” the militant group was quoted as saying.