TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Blast reported near U.S. Embassy in Yemen

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, 9:09 p.m.
 

ADEN, Yemen — Yemeni security officials said an explosion followed by what sounded like heavy gunfire was heard late Monday near the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Sanaa, but government spokesmen later said the sound was fireworks from a wedding procession.

The State Department issued a statement saying it had no indication that reports of an attack on or near the embassy were accurate.

The reports were made amid what appeared to be a security alert in the capital, where the local branch of al-Qaida periodically stages high-profile attacks. Extra security troops could be seen deployed since Sunday, and motorcycles were absent from main streets. They were banned during past alerts to prevent them from being used to carry bombs.

Two security officials in Yemen said by phone that the blast occurred near the embassy, followed by the sounds of gunfire. One said troops sealed off the area. They spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to talk to media.

But Mohammed al-Mawri, an official at the Yemeni Interior Minister's office, said the blast was fireworks from a wedding procession. A Yemeni Embassy spokesman in Washington, Mohammed Albasha, gave the same account.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Russian diplomat Lavrov accuses West of seeking ‘regime changee_SSRq
  2. North Korean student escapes abduction bid in Paris
  3. 28 non-Muslims killed in attack on Kenyan bus by Somalia’s Islamic terrorists
  4. Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning
  5. Islamic State drive for Kobani blunted
  6. U.S. mulls more aid for Syrian rebels
  7. Hitler painting expected to fetch $60K at auction
  8. China reportedly assembling island big enough for airstrip
  9. Zambia’s interim president sub-Saharan Africa’s only white leader
  10. Moscow readies itself for economic freeze
  11. Russian TV claims it has photo of downing of Malaysian jet
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.