Explosions at U.S. Embassy in Yemen; Several Dead & Wounded

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. official says there were up to five explosions in a well-coordinated and deadly attack on the American embassy in Yemen, and that Yemeni authorities who first responded were ambushed by snipers.

The official tells The Associated Press that all American personnel are safe and accounted for but that one locally employed embassy security guard was killed in the attack, which also claimed the lives of at least four Yemeni guards and five others.

He said it appeared some of the attackers were dressed as Yemeni troops and that the first Yemeni emergency personnel to arrive on the scene were hit by heavy sniper fire from gunmen who had stationed themselves across the street from the embassy.

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