Three hurt as UK diplomatic car attacked in Yemen: police

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Three people were wounded on Wednesday by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) which targeted a British diplomatic vehicle in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, police said.

An official from the British embassy in Sanaa confirmed that an attack on a diplomatic vehicle took place and that Britons were not among the wounded. He gave no further details.

Police said the car was damaged in the attack, but did not say if it suffered a direct hit. The vehicle was immediately removed from the scene.

Police deployed heavily around the British embassy and blocked roads leading to it, an AFP correspondent said.

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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