British foreign minister condemns Yemen attack

26th April 2010, Comments 0 comments

Foreign Secretary David Miliband condemned Monday an attempted attack on Britain's envoy to Yemen, saying it only strengthened London's resolve in tackling international terrorism.

"I condemn the attack this morning in Sanaa against the British ambassador to Yemen," Miliband said, after a suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bomber hurled himself at Timothy Torlot's convoy in a Sanaa street.

"Thankfully Tim and all his staff are unhurt. I am grateful for their professionalism and for the role of the Yemeni security authorities who acted quickly and calmly to deal with the situation.

"Today's incident only strengthens our resolve to work closely with the government of Yemen to tackle international terrorism."

The interior ministry named the assailant as Othman Ali Nouman al-Salawi, 22, from Taiz, south of Sanaa, and said he threw himself at the convoy of the diplomat wearing an explosive belt.

Three bystanders, one woman and two men, were lightly wounded in the blast, and witnesses said the attacker's body was torn to pieces.

© 2010 AFP

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