Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen; no injuries

December 16, 2010 22:19

SANAA, Yemen — A group of American embassy staffers came under attack when a bomb was thrown into the back of their vehicle outside a restaurant in Yemen's capital, US and Yemeni officials said Thursday.

No one was hurt in the attack Wednesday evening in Hadda, a commercial district in the capital, a Yemeni security official and two US officials in Washington said. The Yemeni official said a number of suspects have been arrested, without elaborating.

Two other Yemeni security officials said one of those arrested is a Jordanian in his 20s.

An explosive device was thrown into the bed of the US Embassy pickup truck outside the restaurant, and the blast disabled the vehicle, one of the US officials said, adding that the embassy believes it was "likely" an attempt to target US interests. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

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