Contact theSOPAbout theSOPSupport theSOPWritersEditorsManaging Editors
theSOP logo
Published:September 17th, 2008 09:41 EST

US Embassy Suffers Terror Attack

By SOP newswire

A car bomb explosion outside the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, has killed at least 16 people, including six attackers.

U.S. Embassy Spokesman Ryan Gliha said several other explosions occurred after the car bomb blast Wednesday.

Police have cordoned off the area.  Officials say six Yemeni soldiers were among the dead.

Witnesses also say they heard gunfire near the embassy after the explosions.

In recent years, Islamic extremists have carried out several attacks in Yemen targeting Americans.

Last April, the U.S. State Department ordered non-essential staff to leave Yemen, following a militant attack on a residential compound and an al-Qaida attack targeting the U.S. embassy.

Yemen is the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.