Incident Summary:

10/12/2000: Suicide bombers in a small boat loaded with explosives blasted a house-sized hole in the U.S. Navy destroyer, the U.S.S. Cole, which was stopping for fuel in the Port of Aden, Yemen. Seventeen American sailors were killed and 35 others were injured by the blast. Al-Qa 'ida was later discovered to be behind the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred just offshore of the Port of Aden.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Navy
Specific Description Navy Destroyer USS Cole
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
The bombers drove a small rubber boat packed with explosives next to the destroyer.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 19 Fatalities / 38 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 19
Number of U.S. Fatalities 17
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 38
Number of U.S. Injured 38
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Kappstater, Bob "Terror Boat Hits U.S. Ship 4 sailors die, 48 hurt or missing in suicide attack," Daily News, October 12, 2000."
"Muslim group said to claim responsibility for Yemen attack," Agence France Presse, October 12, 2000."