Incident Summary:

12/31/2013: A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the front gate at security headquarters in Khormaksar district, Aden city, Adan governorate, Yemen. At the same time, several cars with assailants tried to storm the compound but were repelled. The bomber was killed and seven police officers were injured in the attack. Additionally, the two assailants in vehicles were apprehended. This was one of three coordinated attacks that occurred simultaneously in Aden this night. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Khormaksar neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Yemeni Police
Specific Description Headquarters
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
A suicide bomber in a Hilux truck was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Yemeni al Qaeda claims responsibility for Aden bombing, vows more attacks," Reuters, January 2, 2014.
"Soldiers killed by suicide bomber in Yemen," Al Jazeera, December 31, 2013.
"Yemeni soldiers die in Aden bombing," BBC, December 31, 2013.