Incident Summary:

10/20/2008: On Monday, a parcel bomb detonated in Sanaa city, San'a province of Yemen, killing Shaykh Mohammad bin Rabeesh Kaalan, security chief for Madghal district. Kaalan received an anonymous phone call from someone who asked him to collect a parcel said to contain security information from a nearby store. A soldier was also wounded by the parcel bomb, which was sent from Sanaa. Al Qaeda was suspected in the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Madghal Law Enforcement
Specific Description The target was Shaykh Mohammed bin Rabeesh Kaalan, the security chief for the Madghal district.
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Letter Bomb
Weapon Details
The explosive was a letter bomb.
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
Al-Qaida in Yemen (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Monsters and Critics, "Five Killed, Nine Injured in Attacks in Iraq, October 22, 2008,
Thaindian, "Five Killed in Iraq Violence," October 22, 2008,
Voice of Iraq, "Urgent/Civilian Killed, Six Wounded in Two Blasts in Baghdad," October 22, 2008,