A car bomb at the gates of the American embassy in Yemen has caused at least 16 casualties, a US spokesman inside the embassy told AP. Two car bombs were followed by a gun battle between attackers and guards, said Yemeni officials. Hundreds of heavily armed troops have now surrounded the embassy. The dead included at least six Yemeni security guards, six attackers and four civilians, CNN reported. No embassy employees were killed, said a US official.
A medical official said several Yemenis, including children, had been taken to a nearby hospital. The situation inside the embassy remains calm and the building has not been damaged, an official told the BBC. A group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack, according to an Arabic TV station. The group has threatened to attack other embassies in the Yemeni capital.