Rocket fired at U.S. Embassy in Yemen; Al Qaeda-linked group claims credit

Hawthi Shiite rebels chant slogans at the compound of the army’s First Armored Division, after they took it over, in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. Heavily armed Yemeni Shiite militiamen took over the headquarters and house of a powerful ... more >

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times - Saturday, September 27, 2014

The U.S. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen was targeted by a rocket attack by an unknown assailant on Saturday.

An M72 light anti-tank weapon was used in the attack, causing a blast 200 meters away from the building and injuring two guards, Retuers reported.

Al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia claimed responsibility shortly afterward, The Times of Israel reported Saturday.

“Ansar al-Sharia have targeted the U.S. embassy in Sanaa with a (shoulder-launched) LAW rocket,” the jihadist group posted on Twitter. The embassy has previously said over social media that there was “no reason to believe” it had been specifically targeted.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department instructed Americans to leave the country on due to increasing unrest in the country. Shiite rebels known as Hawthis have overrun large swathes of the capital. Thousands have been injured and close to 150 have died in the groups months-long effort to install a technocratic government in Yemen.

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