Car Bomb Rips U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Casualties ReportedI know someone here mentioned that it was likely we would see an increase in terrorist activities to undermine the success of the surge.
SAN'A, Yemen — BREAKING NEWS — A U.S. spokesman says the American Embassy in Yemen was hit by a car bomb and that there were unspecified casualties.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Ryan Gliha tells The Associated Press by telephone that there was a second explosion Wednesday that followed the initial one. He did not have figures for casualties or know their nationalities.
The embassy in Yemen has been the focus of violence in the past. The country is the ancestral homeland of Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden,
In March, three mortar rounds targeting the embassy crashed into a high school for girls next door, killing a Yemeni security guard and wounding more than a dozen girls.
This is a developing story. See previous report below.
Explosions and heavy gunfire were heard Wednesday morning in the vicinity of the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital and police swiftly cordoned off the area, according to a government security official.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media, had no more details. An embassy employee contacted by telephone inside the mission's compound in the eastern sector of San'a would only say that "there has been a security incident."