Incident Summary:

12/18/2014: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden vehicle targeting a Huthi position in Hudaydah city, Al Hudaydah governorate, Yemen. This was one of two bombings in Hudaydah on this date. In addition to the bombers, seven people were killed and 15 wounded across both attacks; it is unclear how many of the casualties were civilians. Ansar al-Sharia, a sub-group of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), claimed responsibility for the incidents.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Al Hudaydah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Huthis
Specific Description Building
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this attack represent an equal division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201412180043 and 201412180044.
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 4 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
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 0
"Yemen House approves new government," The Gulf Today, December 18, 2014.
"Yemen: Suicide Bombers Kill at Least Seven in Yemen Port," Thai News Service, December 22, 2014.