U.S. condemns attack against Yemeni Ministry of Defense

The U.S. condemned the terrorist attack against the Yemeni Ministry of Defense and stands with Yemen in the peaceful march to a democratic transition, the State Department said on Thursday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, made the remarks on Thursday during a press briefing. Harf condemned the Thursday attack on the Yemeni Ministry of Defense, which killed and wounded dozens of people.

"The United States condemns the terrorist attack against the Yemeni Ministry of Defense, which resulted in the senseless killing and wounding of dozens," Harf said. "We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims."

Harf said the U.S. is committed to helping the Yemeni people peacefully move forward to democracy.

"We stand with Yemen against this violence and remain firmly committed to supporting the Yemeni people as they seek to conclude the national dialogue and move forward peacefully with Yemen's historic democratic transition," Harf said.

Harf said the U.S. does not have many details about the attack, but she said the attack may have been perpetrated by al-Qaida.

"It bears the hallmarks of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula," Harf said. "It was a suicide bomber followed by some gunmen. We're still seeking additional information on it. The embassy is advising all of our employees to avoid the area and the vicinity of the Ministry of Defense in Sana'a, and the Department of State obviously strongly recommends that U.S. citizens defer all nonessential travel to and around Yemen."