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Yemen Blames Al-Qaida for Failed Attack on US Embassy

A Yemeni official has blamed al-Qaida for this month's attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in the capital of Sanaa.

The anonymous official says the main suspect in the attack is al-Qaida militant Hamza al-Dayan. Al-Dayan and several other men are accused with launching two mortars at a girls' school near the embassy. The attack killed at least one Yemini security guard, and wounded several other people, including children.

Yemen joined the U.S.-led war against terrorism after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The country has witnessed a number of militant attacks targeting foreign tourists, oil installations and U.S. and French ships.

A suicide attack on a U.S. naval destroyer, the USS Cole, while it was anchored off the southern Yemeni port of Aden in October 2000 left 17 sailors dead.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.