YEMEN: Al-Qaeda affiliated group fires rocket toward U.S. Embassy, wounding several guards

The U.S. State Department said it had no indication that the embassy was the target of the attack. (HUH?)


FOX News  A rocket was fired toward the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, Yemen on Saturday, wounding several guards, in an attack by an Al Qaeda splinter group to assert dominance. No U.S. personnel or Embassy buildings were hit, although a nearby truck with Yemeni special security forces was hit, and guards were injured.

Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the attack on social media, saying that it had targeted the embassy with a rocket, and had injured guards and damaged a vehicle. The group said the attack was revenge for a drone strike Friday that had is believed to have killed two Al Qaeda militants in the northern al Jawf province.

It is believed that the splinter group is attempting to demonstrate its continued potency and its ability to be the dominant threat to instability in the country instead of the Iranian backed Houthis that recently seized control of major government and military facilities in the country.