Incident Summary:

05/16/2010: On Sunday, in Habban, Shabwah, Yemen, armed tribesmen kidnapped two Chinese engineers, their two Yemeni drivers, and two Yemeni soldiers. On 05/19/2010 the assailants released all of the victims. No group claimed responsibility, but it was believed that Aqmur or Laqmush tribesmen kidnapped them in response to the killing of a member of this tribe in a clash with the personnel of a checkpoint.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The victims were taken from Habban, Shabwah, Yemen.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description Two engineers
Nationality of Target China
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Yemeni Military
Specific Description Soldiers were targted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 6
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons 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
Aqmur (suspected) No
Laqmush No
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
National Counterterrorism Center, "Two Engineers, Two Civilians, Two Soldiers Kidnapped by Suspected Tribesmen in Habban, Shabwah, Yemen," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, October 6, 2010.
Kuwaiti News Agency, "Armed Tribemen Kidnap Three Chinese Engineers E. Yemen," LexisNexis Academic, Kuwaiti News Agency, May 16, 2010.