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Australia condems attack on US embassy in Yemen.



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The Hon Stephen Smith MP AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Media release

18 September 2008

Australia condemns Attack on US Embassy in Yemen The Australian Government strongly condemns the terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Sana'a, Yemen, on 17 September.

I understand that at least 16 people were killed in the attack when two car bombs were detonated outside the US Embassy compound. According to media reports a group calling itself Islamic Jihad in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On behalf of the Australian Government, I offer my deepest sympathies to the families of the Embassy guards and innocent bystanders killed and injured.

The Australian Embassy in Riyadh is in contact with the Yemeni authorities and is seeking to confirm if any Australians were affected. There are no reports of any Australians affected at this stage.

Australia stands with the United States in the fight against terrorism and extremism. We trust that the perpetrators of the attack will be brought to justice.

Australians planning on travelling abroad are advised to read the travel advice available at www.smartraveller.gov.au. The Department advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Yemen at this time because of the very high threat of terrorist attack.

Media inquiries: Mr Smith's office 02 6277 7500 - Departmental Media Liaison 02 6261 1555

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