Rocket attack targets British embassy car in Yemen

A rocket attack damaged a UK diplomatic car in Sana`a, wounding 3 bystanders.

Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 13:22 PM IST

Sana`a: A rocket attack damaged a British embassy car in the capital Sana`a, wounding three bystanders on Wednesday, a Yemeni security official said.

A British Foreign Office official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, confirmed that there was an attack on a British embassy vehicle in Sana`a, but said there were no casualties among British Embassy staff.

The Yemeni security official said the armoured car was struck by shrapnel from the rocket. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the press.

The blast comes two days after Yemeni authorities boosted security in the capital around embassies on information of an attack planned by al Qaeda.

In April, the British ambassador was targeted by a suicide bomber who blew himself up near the diplomat`s armoured car in a poor neighbourhood of the capital, Sana’a. The ambassador was unharmed.

The suicide bombing was the first of its kind in the capital in a year. It cast doubt on the effectiveness of the Yemeni government`s US-backed campaign against al Qaeda militants, who have found a haven in parts of the rugged, mountainous nation where the central government`s control is weak.

Bureau Report