Rocket fired at Yemeni special police guarding US embassy in Sanaa

September 27, 2014 19:07

SANAA - An unidentified attacker fired a rocket at Yemeni special police guarding the US embassy in Sanaa on Saturday, police sources said, a day after the State Department told US citizens to leave Yemen because of growing political unrest.

The rocket was fired from a car and landed 200 meters from the heavily fortified embassy, which lies in a compound surrounded by high walls in the capital.

At least two of the guardsmen were injured in the assault, after which the car carrying the attacker sped away, police said.

The attacker used a M72 light anti-tank weapon, a police source told Reuters.

On Friday, the United States told its citizens in Yemen to leave and said it was reducing the number of US government staff there due to political unrest and fears of a possible military escalation.

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