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September 17th, 2008
11:23 AM ET

Al Qaeda blamed for U.S. Embassy attack

Suspected Al Qaeda disguised as security forces launched an explosive assault on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, Wednesday killing 10 Yemeni police and civilians, officials said.

The attack involved two car bombs, a spokesman for Yemen's embassy in Washington said. Six attackers, including a suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest, were also killed in the attack, Mohammed al-Basha said.

There were at least four explosions - including at least one car bomb - and sniper fire, a senior State Department official said.

Yemeni officials said the first car contained people in police uniforms who exchanged fire with Yemeni security forces, the officials said.

The second car exploded after it passed an outermost gate to the Embassy but before it reached a second protective barrier, the officials said.

But al-Basha said there were two cars packed with explosives involved in the attack.

The heavily fortified compound in the capital of Yemen - the ancestral home of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden - has previously been targeted in attacks.

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  1. mario va

    Don't you understand Bush is the problem, if McCain took office it 's gone be worst... scaring . yes .No way .no how. no McCain no Palin

    September 17, 2008 at 7:48 pm |
  2. Susan

    We will never have a chance to attain some sort of global peace until
    Al Qaeda is dealt with. Their numbers are on the rise in third world countries. They do not care about human rights. They only care about perpetuating Islamic fundalmentalism. This is a religious war and they are not easily won, if won at all. Look at history. There have been many deaths in the name of religion.

    Susan
    Phoenixville,PA

    September 17, 2008 at 5:22 pm |
  3. Cindy

    @ Kent, Illinois...If you really think that the GOP or anyone else would hire people to kill themselves and innocent bystanders just to get their candidate elected then you are out of your mind and need to stop drinking so much of Obama's Kool-Aid.

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  4. Jessica M

    Thanks for posting this.

    I find it shocking that an attack on a U.S. Embassy has gotten so little attention from the media. This is a terrorist attack against America showing Al Qaeda is still active and yet it has gotten little review. There was maybe 10 seconds about it on the news before they went back to Sarah Palin and her trooper scandal. I hope AC360 covers it tonight, because many people I have talked to did not even realize that this happened.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  5. Heather

    Al Qaeda is a global terrorist group. That will never change. That is why we need to destroy them like cancer. They are in Africa. They must be destroyed. We must continue to work with our allies and and take them out.

    September 17, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  6. Kent, Illinois

    This is all a conspiracy to promote fear........perpetrated by surrogates for the GOP...............Oh no, we better elect in someone who knows war........what a bunch of crap...........

    September 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    Al Qaeda back – Peter Bergen, I think it was, said they would probably attack American embassies or holdings in other countries soon and he was right. September is turning out to be a horrible month – first the economic crisis and now this bombing that killed 10 people – its simply terrible.

    I guess the candidates on the road will now have 2 things to talk about. I'm starting to think that with everything that is going on that there is not anyone qualified or experienced enough to be President this time around and if there is someone they probably wouldn't want it.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    September 17, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  8. MW- Calif.

    Thanks to Bush. A responsible President would have searched for Bin Laden 7 year ago. And would have taken him out when the CIA had information leading to his whereabouts.

    September 17, 2008 at 12:26 pm |
  9. Alberto Burgos

    Why instead of blame Alqaeda do not blame ourselves? Our foreing policy of go and start wars of choice, clearly give bird to enemies. Who was first, the egg or hen. I asume my comment not deserve be covert for the 1rts amendement.

    September 17, 2008 at 12:25 pm |
  10. Cindy

    For those who think that Al Qaeda is not a threat to us and can't organize anything, then they better take a look at this. It just shows that they are still capable of doing us harm and will at any turn that they can.

    We still need to fight the war on terror or otherwise they'll get stronger and worse. Backing away from them, or trying to "talk" like Obama wants to do will not help anyone.

    Cindy...Ga.

    September 17, 2008 at 11:43 am |