Breaking! Car bomb explodes outside US embassy in Yemen (+)
A car bomb exploded outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen on Wednesday, officials and witnesses said.
An embassy spokesman told NBC News that the heavily-fortified compound’s main gate was hit by an explosion at 9:15 a.m. local time. The blast was followed by “several secondary explosions”, the spokesman said. Witnesses also reported hearing heavy gunfire.
Smoke was seen rising from the site and regional TV news networks Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya reported that one of the embassy’s buildings was ablaze.
According to local reports, a second car carrying gunmen in police uniforms arrived at the scene soon after the car bomb exploded. They reportedly immediately began firing at the embassy’s guards.
(+) According to a US official, the attack has killed 10 people (six Yemeni guards and four civilians) and wounded seven Yemeni nationals .