Incident Summary:

04/24/2014: Assailants attempted to abduct two United States (US) embassy officials at a barbershop in Hadda area, Sanaa city, Amanat Al Asimah governorate, Yemen. The US officials opened fire and killed two assailants. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the abduction attempt to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Hadda area of Sanaa, Amanat Al Asimah.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Specific Description Officer
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Specific Description Lieutenant Colonel
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"More attacks in Yemen kill soldiers as violence moves to capital," CNN, May 11, 2014.
"U.S. Officers Killed Armed Civilians in Yemen Capital," New York Times, May 10, 2014.
"US embassy officers killed Yemenis," Al Jazeera, May 10, 2014.