Al-Qaeda blamed for Yemen bomb attack on UK envoy

Suspected militants have exploded a device near the British embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, officials say.

The UK Foreign Office confirmed there had been an "attack involving a British embassy vehicle".

It said there had not been any British embassy casualties.

In a separate incident, a security guard is said to have opened fire in the compound of Austrian gas firm OMV near Sanaa, Reuters news agency said.

One employee was wounded, the agency reported, but this has not been confirmed.

In the attack near the UK embassy, one report said a rocket had been fired, but this has also not been confirmed.

Yemen has seen a string of militant attacks on Western targets.

In April a suicide bomber threw himself at the British ambassador's two-car convoy in Sanaa as it neared the embassy compound.

The attacker injured three passers-by and damaged a police car.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The embassy was closed for two weeks as a result.

BBC News - Yemen blast targets UK embassy car
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