Incident Summary:

12/05/2013: Assailants attacked the Ministry of Defense in Sanaa city, Amanat Al-Asimah governorate, Yemen. The attack began when a suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle at the entrance of the ministry. Following the explosion, 12 assailants opened fire on the military and civilian personnel within the complex. The assailants then entered the Al-Oradi military hospital and a laboratory facility and continued their attack. In addition to 12 assailants, 56 military personnel and civilians were killed, while 215 others were injured in the attack. Furthermore, three buildings and ten vehicles were damaged in the attack. Al-Qai'da in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the Defense Ministry was targeted because it was being used as a staging area for United States (US) drone operations in Yemen.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Yemeni Ministry of Defense
Specific Description Complex
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Yemen
Specific Description Al-Oradi Military Hospital
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden vehicle and unknown firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 68 Fatalities / 215 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 68
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 12
Total Number of Injured 215
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Germany: 3 aid workers killed in Yemen," The Associated Press, December 5, 2013."