Incident Summary:

05/06/2015: Assailants fired projectiles that struck a boat carrying civilians who were attempting to flee in Attawahi district, Aden city, Aden governorate, Yemen. Eighty-six civilians were killed and 67 others were injured in the attack. Huthis claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Attawahi neighborhood

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Maritime
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Boat
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Rockets and artillery shells were 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 most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 86 Fatalities / 67 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 86
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 67
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Call for emergency UN meeting on Yemen," Yemen Post, May 7, 2015."
"Yemen Shiite rebels take neighborhood in Aden, occupy palace," The Associated Press, May 6, 2015."
"Boat shelling kills dozens in Aden," BBC, May 6, 2015."