Islamic militants attempted to storm the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria, in a brazen attack Tuesday, the

Associated Press

reported.

The Syrian government said the attackers were using automatic rifles, hand grenades and at least one van rigged with explosives, the

AP

reported. Syrian security forces killed three of the attackers.

The assailants apparently did not breach the high walls surrounding the white embassy compound in a diplomatic neighborhood of Damascus.

But a Chinese diplomat was slightly injured by a stray bullet during the attack, China's government news agency said, according to the

AP

dispatch.