Presumed al-Qaeda militants attacked the US Embassy in the Yemeni capital Sana Sept. 17, exploding a car bomb and firing automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades in an assault that left 16 dead—six militants, six guards and four civilians. Three police officers and seven civilians were injured, including children in a residential compound across the street from the embassy. It was the deadliest attack on a compound that has been targeted four times in recent years by bombings, mortars and shootings. With the attackers—some dressed in army uniforms—unable to penetrate the compound’s massive security barriers, civilians waiting in line for visas outside the embassy were among the casualties. Susan Elbaneh, 18, a US citizen from Lackawanna, NY, recently wed in Yemen in an arranged marriage, was killed along with her husband. (AP, Sept. 17; The Scotsman, Sept. 18)
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