Incident Summary:

04/14/2015: Assailants kidnapped 14 soldiers in Ataq city, Shabwah governorate, Yemen. The soldiers were killed later the same day. Both Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Shabwah Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; AQAP later retracted its claim.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Yemeni Army
Specific Description 2nd Mountaineer Brigade Soldiers
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 14
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
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) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Shabwah Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Video)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Families flee as Yemeni city of Aden pummelled by air strikes, artillery fire," ABC Online, April 30, 2015.
"Web monitoring report for 17 April 2015," BBC Monitoring, April 17, 2015.