The British ambassador in Yemen escaped unharmed yesterday after a suicide bomber wearing a school uniform detonated an explosives belt, officials said.
The blast, which bore the hallmarks of al Qaida, happened as Tim Torlot (52) travelled to work in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a.
Yemeni sources said Mr Torlot's armoured car had been travelling through a neighbourhood in the eastern part of Sana'a known to be popular with militants when the explosion happened. The Yemeni Interior Ministry said the bomber — a 22-year-old man — was killed.
Security was stepped up around the US and British Embassies following the attack.
A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed the incident.
The attack has cast doubts over the effectiveness of the Yemeni government's ongoing crackdown against al Qaida militants in the country