Incident Summary:

09/27/2014: Assailants launched a rocket at the United States (US) Embassy in Sanaa city, Amanat Al Asimah governorate, Yemen. At least two security guards were injured and a vehicle was damaged in the attack. Ansar al-Sharia, a sub-group of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for the incident, stating that the attack was in retaliation for a US drone strike that killed Muslim children in Al-Jawf governorate on July 26, 2014.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Embassy
Nationality of Target United States
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
Explosives Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A shoulder fired LAW rocket was used in the attack.
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 Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) Ansar al-Sharia Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Yemen Qaeda claims rocket attack near US embassy," Agence France Presse -- English, September 27, 2014.
"Rocket fired at Yemeni special police guarding U.S. embassy in Sanaa: police," Reuters, September 27, 2014.
"Yemeni Rebels Attack Official's Home," New York Times, September 27, 2014.