10 dead in attack on US Embassy in Yemen

The attack took place Wednesday morning local time. From AP

SAN’A, Yemen – A car bomb targeting the U.S. Embassy hit the front gate of the compound in Yemen’s capital Wednesday, a U.S. spokesman said. A senior Yemeni security official said six Yemeni guards and four civilians were killed.

The Yemeni guards were assigned to sentry duty outside the embassy by the Interior Ministry. The civilians were three Yemenis and one Indian national, the Yemeni security official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Ryan Gliha, the embassy spokesman, told The Associated Press by telephone that there was a second explosion that followed the initial one, but did not know what caused it.

Another Yemeni security official said the embassy was hit by two car bombs and that heavy gunfire lasting around 10 minutes followed the blasts.

Several nearby homes were badly damaged by the blasts, he said, but had no information on whether the heavily guarded embassy sustained damage too.

A medical official, meanwhile, said at least seven Yemeni nationals were wounded and taken to the city’s Republican hospital. They are residents of a housing compound near the embassy and included children, he said.

About par for the course when it comes to these attacks. Civillians take the brunt of the casualties, take the Kenya US embassy bombing where around 200 died. Will today’s news remind the American public and elected politicians that we still have a war going on?

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