Incident Summary:

03/04/2012: Assailants attacked an army base on the outskirts of Zinjibar city, Abyan governorate, Yemen. Over the course of the attack, 25 assailants and 185 soldiers were killed, and 73 soldiers were kidnapped. The kidnapped men were released on April 28, 2012. Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Zinjibar

Location Details:
At army outposts on the outskirts of the city

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Yemen
Specific Description Bases
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 73
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 56
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 210 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 210
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 25
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Qaeda frees 73 Yemen soldiers, 3 suspects killed," Agence France Presse, April 29, 2012.
"Qaeda claims Yemen raid in suspected 'inside job'," Agence France Presse -- English, March 7, 2012.
"139 dead in Yemen fighting, 55 troops held captive," Associated Press Online, March 5, 2012.