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13 September 2006 :: 15:09:57 pm 32415

U.S. Embassy in Damascus was attacked

The American embassy in Damascus was attacked by a group of militants on Tuesday morning, three militants were killed but no one in the embassy was hurt.
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The attack occurred at about 10:05 a.m., intense gunfire was heard in a following gun battle.

The district, where many foreign missions, vital security installations, and houses of the most senior Syrian government officials are located, has been sealed off by security guards.

The attackers used two cars, the first of which failed to thrust into the embassy and exploded outside.

The other was a booby-trapped white pickup parking in front of the embassy. The explosive devices hidden in the car were later successfully dismantled by Syrian experts.

A member of Syria‘s anti-terror squad was killed during the brazen attack and at least 10 people, including a senior Chinese diplomat, were also injured.

A senior Chinese diplomat, Political Counsellor Li Hongyu, 41, was slightly injured by a flying shrapnel while he was standing on top of a garage within the Chinese embassy compound, which is located very close to the U.S. embassy.

The attack occurred just one day after the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks on the United States and then here comes another tragic “its upset, yesterday is the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and today this happened,” a Russian woman living nearby commented. “I am very sad about this. But I don‘t think the Syrians have done this, maybe they are from other countries,” she added.

Yet, there was no official confirmation of the identity of the attackers.

U.S. THANKS SYRIA FOR ANTI-TERROR EFFORTS

U.S. Embassy Charge D‘Affaires Michael Corbin hailed on Tuesday Syria for preventing the terror attack against the U.S. Embassy.

Corbin expressed gratitude in a phone call with Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Ahmed Arnous after the attack.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, currently on a visit to Canada, also thanked Syria for its response to the attack.

“We appreciate the response of the Syrian security forces to help secure our territory,” Rice said, adding that American nationals at the embassy were “safe and secure.”
“I do think that the Syrians reacted to this attack in a way that helped to secure our people and we very much appreciate that,” she said.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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