Incident Summary:

03/28/2011: On Monday, near Ja'ar in Abyan, Yemen, suspected Al Qaeda Organization in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants lit a cigarette to detonate explosives at an ammunition factory a day after looting weapons from the factory. At least 110 Yemenis were killed and 45 others were injured. An unknown amount of property damage was reported. No group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Jaar

Location Details:
The attack took place near Ja'ar in Abyan, Yemen.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity
Specific Description An ammunition factory
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Other Explosive Type
Weapon Details
An improvised explosive device was 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
Additional Information The available sources listed the fatalities for this attack from 110 to 121, and the injuries for this attack from 45 to 45, and because no majority figures were reported, the lowest proferred casualty figures were used in order to preserve statistical accuracy in the database.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 110 Fatalities / 45 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 110
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 45
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Press TV, "Yemen Explosion Death Toll Rises," (March 28, 2011).
Reuters, "Blasts at Yemen Bullet Factory Kill at Least 110," Reuters, March 28, 2011,
CNN, "Ammo Factory Blast tin Yemen Kills at Least 121," CNN, March 28, 2011,