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Al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility and the US Condemns Bombing

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The United States condemns the bombing at the Iranian Ambassador’s residence in Sana’a earlier this morning and expresses its condolences to the families of the victims.

Attacks on diplomatic facilities and against diplomats contravene all international norms and can never be justified or excused.  “We urge the Yemeni authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to bring the perpetrators to justice” the statement said.

later by the day, a branch of al-Qaeda militant group in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on the residence of the Iranian ambassador to the Arab country in the capital city of Sana’a.

The militants “managed to park a car loaded with explosives near the house of the Iranian ambassador and detonated it at 9:02 a.m. (local time) Wednesday morning ,” the al-Qaeda branch said in a statement published on its Twitter account on the same day.

The blast killed at least three people, wounded several others, and heavily damaged a number of buildings.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said no diplomats were harmed in Wednesday’s bombing.

The al-Qaeda terrorist group, which has grown more hostile toward Shia Muslims in Yemen, claims that the Islamic Republic backs Shia Muslims there.

Al-Qaeda militants frequently carry out bomb attacks in Yemen and have been locked in deadly battles with Ansarullah fighters.