Incident Summary:

10/11/2012: Assailants opened fire on the vehicle of Qassem Aqlan in Sanaa city, Amanat Al Asimah governorate, Yemen. Aqlan, who served as the assistant security officer at the United States (US) Embassy in Sanaa, was killed in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, officials suspected Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Yemeni Security Officer: Qassem Aqlan
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
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Qassem Aqlan was a Yemeni national.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Yemeni Officer at U.S. Embassy in Sana Is Shot Dead," The New York Times, October 12, 2012.
"2ND LEAD: US embassy security official in Yemen killed by gunmen," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 11, 2012.
"LEAD: Chief investigator at US embassy in Yemen shot dead," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, October 11, 2012.