Explosion near British embassy in Yemen: report

6th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

An explosion occurred Wednesday near the British embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, Al-Jazeera television said, adding that casualties had been reported.

The Qatar-based satellite channel said the explosion targeted a diplomatic vehicle, but did not provide additional details.

On April 26, a suicide bomber hurled himself at the British ambassador's two-car convoy in a Sanaa street as it neared the British embassy compound.

The suicide bomber, whose body was torn into pieces, wounded three bystanders and damaged a police escort car as he threw himself at the convoy and detonated his explosive belt.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the group's local branch, later claimed the attack, which saw the embassy closed for two weeks.

Yemen, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's ancestral homeland, faces a growing threat from AQAP.

Sanaa has intensified its operations against AQAP amid mounting pressure from Washington after the militant group claimed responsibility for a botched attack on US-bound airliner on Christmas Day last year.

© 2010 AFP

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