US says Yemen attack failed to breach walls

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States says a "vicious" attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital was a failed attempt to breach the compound's walls.

State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Wednesday that the embassy's security upgrades, combined with the response of security officials, stopped attackers armed with automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and at least one suicide car bomb.

Officials say sixteen people were killed, including six assailants.

McCormack says no Americans were hurt. He says one U.S. embassy guard from Yemen was killed, along with several Yemeni security officials.

He says the assault bears "all the hallmarks of an al-Qaida attack."

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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