Suspected suicide bomber targets British ambassador in Yemen

Ambassador escapes unharmed after bomb explodes near his convoy.

A suspected suicide bomber in the Yemeni capital Sana'a has attacked a convoy carrying the British ambassador.

Tim Torlot, the ambassador, is unharmed after the bomb exploded near the convoy taking him back to the embassy after an early morning meeting this morning.

Reuters reports that one person is dead. This person is believed to be the bomber.

The UK foreign office said that it is closing the embassy to the public.

A spokesman added: "We advise all British nationals in Yemen to keep a low profile and remain vigilant. We are working urgently with the Yemen authorities to investigate what happened."

In January, the UK and the US both temporarily closed their embassies due to security threats from an al-Qaeda splinter group.

This follows the Christmas day bomb attempt on a US jet, for which the Yemen-based group, calling itself al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claimed responsibility.

The suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, reportedly told investigators that he was supplied with his bomb by supporters of the group in Yemen.

Torlot has been British ambassador to Yemen since July 2007. He was formerly second in command at the embassy in Baghdad.