Incident Summary:

12/31/2014: A suicide bomber detonated an explosive device targeting a Huthi religious celebration at the Culture Center in Ibb city, Ibb governorate, Yemen. In addition to the assailant, 49 people were killed and 70 others were wounded in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).




Middle East & North Africa

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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 Religious Celebration
Nationality of Target Yemen
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 Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
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) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 50 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 50
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Huthi chief threatens to seize oil-rich Yemen province," Agence France Presse -- English, January 3, 2015.
"Bomber in Yemen Kills at Least 23 at a Ceremony," The New York Times, January 1, 2015.
"Death toll of Yemen anti-Houthi bomb blast rises to 49," Middle East Eye, January 1, 2015.