Yemen police halt fireworks causing rumors of US embassy attack

Yemen police halt fireworks causing rumors of US embassy attack
A general view of the US embassy compound in Sanaa August 7, 2013.

SANAA - Yemeni police moved in to halt a firework display at a wedding party near the US Embassy in Sanaa on Monday that triggered rumours of an attack on the mission, a security guard and a Yemeni diplomat in Washington said.

They said security guards around the mission in Sanaa fired some shots in the air.

"The US Embassy in Sanaa was not attacked, nor was there any bombing in the vicinity of the Embassy," said Mohammed al-Basha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington in a twitter message.

He said some people who had set off the fireworks were arrested.

A security warning in August forced the United States and other Western countries to close their missions in Yemen.

The US Embassy had long been a target of Islamist militants in Yemen, where Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the most active branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, is based.

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