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U.S. embassy in Yemen attacked

An attack on Wednesday morning on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen has left at least 16 people dead, the BBC reported.

Militants disguised as policemen and believed to have ties with al Qaeda launched an explosive assault involving two car bombs, CNN reported.

The BBC reported that six members of the Yemeni security force, six attackers, and four bystanders were killed in the attack, but none of the victims, according to the BBC, were American.

Yemen, the homeland of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, has previously been targeted by attacks. The attack on Wednesday is the second in the past six months.

This attack, President Bush told reporters, was “a reminder that we are at a war against extremists who will murder innocent people to achieve their ideological objectives,? the BBC reported.

A group affiliated with al Qaeda, the Islamic Jihad, claimed responsibility for the attacks, but CNN could not confirm those reports.

This event was particularly disturbing to some because it occurred during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The U.S. State Department is concerned about future attacks against U.S. citizens, businesses and perceived interests.

All non-emergency American staff and their families were ordered to depart from the Embassy during April due to a similar incident involving the Embassy and a residential area.

The BBC and CNN both failed to comment on the suspects, nor did they mention if they had been captured or if they were still fugitives.