Incident Summary:

01/26/2009: On Monday, in Sanaa, San'a', Yemen, three armed assailants fired upon a police checkpoint near the United States (US) Embassy, causing no injuries or damage. The US Embassy stated that several hours prior to the attack, it had received a telephone call and an email, warning of an attack by al-Qaida. No group claimed responsibility, but authorities blamed Hushaysh tribal members.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity
Specific Description The police checkpoint near the United States Embassy in Sannaa,
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were used in the attack.
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
Hushaysh Tribal Members (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
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
Ahmed Al-Haj, "Yemen: Gunshots Fired Near US Embassy," LexisNexis Academic, Associated Press Worldstream, January 27, 2009.
National Counterterrorism Center, "Police Checkpoint Targeted in Armed Attack by Suspected Hushaysh Tribal Members in Sanaa, San'a', Yemen," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 2, 2009.