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US embassy in Yemen target of car bombing

Two car bombs were detonated outside the U.S. embassy in Yemen Wednesday morning, leaving 16 dead, the New York Times reports.
The attack began at 9:15 a.m. when armed gun men opened fire on the checkpoint outside the embassy. Suicide bombers then drove through the checkpoint and detonated their bombs near the frnot gate.
No Americans were hurt during the attack. Of those killed, six were Yemeni guards, four were civilians outside the embassy and the other six were attackers.
It has yet to be determined who is behind the attack. “The U.S. State Department said the bombings bore 'all the hallmarks' of an al Qaeda attack,? Reuters reported. However, a group called Islamic Jihad in Yemen released a statement claiming responsibility for the attack.
President Bush said in a statement that the U.S. is “at war with extremists who will murder innocent people to achieve their ideological objectives.? (New York Times)
The United States and Yemen have a counter-terrorism partnership that was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the New York Times reported. However, there is some tension between the nations regarding Yemen's unusual detention policies.
This is the second attack on the U.S. embassy this year, Reuters reports. In March a mortar was fired at the embassy but missed and struck a nearby school.