British ambassador to Yemen escapes bomb attack: official

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The British ambassador to Yemen on Monday escaped a bombing in Sanaa believed triggered by a suicide attacker but the blast killed an unidentified person, a security official said.

"The ambassador was not hurt" in the attack that targeted his convoy as it headed towards the embassy, said the security official who requested anonymity.

He said that the attack is "believed to be a suicide attack" adding that one person, whose identity has not been determined, was killed.

Witnesses insisted that the bombing was a suicide attack, saying that the bomber was a bit slow in targeting the diplomat's vehicle and that the attacker's body was torn to pieces.

Timothy Achille Torlot is the current British ambassador to Yemen according to the embassy's website.

© 2010 AFP

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