Al Qaeda operatives set off a car bomb outside the residence of the Iranian ambassador to Yemen on Wednesday. A Yemeni civilian and two soldiers were killed and 17 people were wounded. The ambassador was not harmed because he had left his home 10 minutes before the attack. The car bomb blasted a large hole through the highly guarded residence and sent rubble flying. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed the attack. Although the U.S. and Iran are political enemies, Washington condemned the attack. "Attacks on diplomatic facilities and against diplomats contravene all international norms and can never be justified or excused," said the State Department.