Incident Summary:

01/07/2015: A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle detonated outside of a police academy in Sanaa city, Amanat Al Asimah governorate, Yemen. In addition to the bomber, at least 37 people were killed and 66 others were injured in the blast. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, Yemeni authorities attributed the attack to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). AQAP denied responsibility for the bombing.




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: Police
Name of Entity Yemeni Police
Specific Description Academy
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
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) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 38 Fatalities / 66 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 38
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 66
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Suicide bomber kills at least 37 at Yemen police academy," The Associated Press, January 7, 2015."
"Car Bomb Explodes In Yemen's Capital Sanaa, Killing Around 30 People And Injuring Over 50," International Business Times, January 7, 2015."
"Dozens killed and wounded in an attack in Yemen," Deutsche Welle, January 7, 2015."