Incident Summary:

09/24/2015: A suicide bomber detonated inside Al Balili Mosque in Sanaa city, Amanat Al Asimah governorate, Yemen. This was one of two suicide bombing at the mosque on the same day; this first blast was designed to cause people to flee. In addition to the two bombers, at least 32 people were killed and 92 others were injured across both attacks. The Sanaa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility and stated that the attack was carried out on behalf of Muslims against Huthis.




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: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Al Balili Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
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/Bombs/Dynamite Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden belt was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. Casualty numbers for this incident represent a division of a cumulative total of killed and wounded across incidents 201509240001 and 201509240002.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Sanaa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities / 46 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 46
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Deadly blasts hit Yemen mosque during Eid prayers," Al Jazeera Online, September 24, 2015.
"IS claims responsibility for suicide attacks in Yemen's capital," Xinhua General News Service, September 24, 2015.
"29 Killed in Yemen Mosque Explosion," New Indian Express, September 24, 2015.