Incident Summary:

05/24/2010: On Monday, armed tribesmen kidnapped two United States (US) tourists and their Yemeni driver. The couple was taken hostage near the mountain town of Hajara near, Bani Mansour, Sanaa, Yemen, and then taken to Hamra Village. The assailants demanded for the release of a fellow tribesman held by authorities in Sanaa in exchange for the tourist. The US embassy was working to verify the report in liaison with local security authorities but the status of the hostages is unknown. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Hajjarah

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description A driver was targeted in the attack.
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Tourists
Name of Entity
Specific Description Two tourists
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 2
Outcome Unknown
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
Unknown 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
Agence France Presse, "AFP Told: Yemen Tribesmen Kidnap US Couple," World News Connection, Agence France Presse, October 14, 2010.
Xinhua News Agency, "U.S. Couple Kidnapped Near Yemeni Capital," Xinhua News Agency, May 24, 2010,
Xinhua News Agency, "Xinhua: Yemeni Tribal Kidnappers Hand Over U.S. Couple To Local Authorities," World News Connection, Xinhua News Agency, May 24,2010.