Incident Summary:

09/04/2015: Assailants fired a missile at an Operation Restoring Hope Coalition camp in Safer area, Marib governorate, Yemen. At least 64 soldiers were killed and 70 others were injured in the attack. Huthis claimed responsibility for the incident, although Yemeni soldiers stated the attack was an accidental explosion.

GTD ID:
201509040031

When:
2015-09-04

Country:
Yemen

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Marib

City:
Safer

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Operation Restoring Hope Coalition
Specific Description Camp
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A Toshka ballistic missile was 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources speculated that the blast may have been an accidental explosion.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
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 0
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"UAE soldiers killed by Yemen 'blast'," BBC, September 4, 2015."
"Bodies of 103 foreign troops recovered from Yemen's Safer airport," Islam Times, September 6, 2015."
"Gulf states send more troops to Yemen to fight rebels," Deutsche Welle, September 7, 2015."