A suicide attacker reportedly drove a car filled with explosives at the Iranian ambassador’s residence in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on Wednesday, killing three people, security officials said. Read more on Reuters:
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which occurred while Iran’s envoy was away. But it mirrored past bombings carried out by al Qaeda’s Yemen branch, Sunni Muslim jihadists who often targets state institutions and regard Shi’ite Muslims as heretics.
Iran, the Middle East’s major Shi’ite power, backs Yemen’s Shi’ite Houthi rebel movement that took over Sanaa in September and has since seized swathes of the country’s north and center.
Wednesday’s attack, the second such bombing in the capital in as many months, blew a large hole in the Iranian residence and sent rubble flying across the street of the well-guarded diplomatic quarter of the city, a Reuters witness said.
A medical official said a Yemeni civilian and two soldiers were killed. Seventeen people, mostly employees from a nearby oil ministry building, were wounded.
Security officials said the ambassador was unhurt, having left his residence for the embassy 10 minutes before the attack.