Incident Summary:

03/15/2009: On Sunday, at 1650, in Shibam, Hadramawt, Yemen, Ali Mohsen Al Ahmad, a suicide bomber detonated his improvised explosive device (IED) vest, killing four South Korean tourists and two Yemeni tour guides, and wounding five civilians (5 South Korean; 3 Yemeni). The attack occurred when the teenage suicide bomber asked the tourists to pose with him for a picture overlooking the hill near the ancient fortress city of Shibamaâs site knows as the Manhattan of the desert. Al-Qaida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility. 12 suspects were arrested by Yemeni authorities.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Shibam

Location Details:
The attack took place in the city of Shibam.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Yemeni tour guides were the targets of the attack.
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity
Specific Description South Korean tourists were the targets of the attack.
Nationality of Target South Korea
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 12
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Agence France Presse, "Yemen Bomber Posed for Pics with SKoreans," Agence France Presse, March 17, 2009.
Ahmed AL-Haj, "Yemen Bomber Posed for Pics with SKoreans," Associated Press Worldstream, March 15, 2009.
Agence France Presse, "Qaeda claims second Yemen attack on Skoreans," Agence Presse, March 15,2009.