Attackers exploded a vehicle bomb outside the main gate of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen on Wednesday in what appeared to be a well-coordinated assault that triggered more explosions and heavy gunfire around the compound.
Yemen's official Saba news agency said 16 people died in the incident, including six Yemeni soldiers, four civilians and six attackers. One of the civilians was an Indian woman at the embassy on business.
There were no immediate reports of American casualties. The embassy is in the center of Sanaa, Yemen's capital, but the building is set far back from an outer security wall.
Yemen, as you probably recall, was the scene of the attack against the U.S.S. Cole in 2000 that killed seventeen American sailors. Yemen is a hotbed of Islamic militants with ties to Al Qaeda.