Incident Summary:

04/12/2002: An explosion occurred in the Sheraton district of Sanaa, near the US Embassy. Though police believed the blast targeted a Yemeni intelligence officer and not the embassy, a group identifying as Sympathizers of Al-Qaida distributed pamphlets throughout Sanaa claiming responsibility for attempting to hit the embassy. No one was arrested.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Sheraton district of Sanaa, near the U.S. Embassy.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description US Embassy in Sanaa
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilians
Specific Description Civilians in Sheraton, Sanaa, Yemen
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sympathizers of Al-Qaida Organization (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Letter)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Al-Qaeda sympathizers claim bomb responsibility in Yemen," Middle East News Online, 04/15/2002.
"yemen: Al-Qaidah 'sympathizers' take credit for US embassy blast," BBC Monitoring Middle East, 04/16/2002.
"Security stepped up after blast near US embassy in Sanaa," Agence France Presse, 04/12/2002.