Two suicide car bombings have killed 16 people outside the US embassy in Yemen. US officials have confirmed a Yemeni security guard and civilians were caught in the blasts. Six attackers also died next to the US compound in Sanaa. No US embassy staff are believed to have been killed.
The terrorist group Islamic Jihad in Yemen, which has no connection to the Palestinian group, has claimed responsibility for the bombings. The group recently threatened to launch a campaign of violence against the Yemeni government if it failed to release several of its members from prison.
Yemen has already faced a spate of al Qaeda attacks this year. In April, Washington ordered all non-essential staff to leave Yemen after a mortar attack on its embassy headquarters.
The Yemeni government, which has backed the Bush administration’s ‘War on Terror’ has blamed al Qaeda for a series of attacks on western targets.