Incident Summary:

03/04/2016: Assailants attacked a Catholic retirement home in Shaykh Uthman, Adan, Yemen. At least 16 people were tied up and killed, several people were injured, and a priest was abducted during the raid. The priest was released on September 11, 2017. The Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Shaykh Uthman

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Yemeni Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor
Specific Description Retirement Home
Nationality of Target Yemen
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Missionaries of Charity
Specific Description Catholic Nuns: Anselm, Judith, Margarita
Nationality of Target Multinational
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Catholic Priest: Tom Uzhunnalil
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 17
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 556
Outcome Combination
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Automatic rifles 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 The victims included Sister Anselm, who was from India; Sister Judith, who was from Kenya; Sister Margarita, who was from Rwanda; and Sister Reginette, who was also from Rwanda. Casualty numbers for this incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here. Sixteen of the hostage victims were killed by the assailants shortly after their abduction on March 4, 2016. The fate of the remaining hostage victim is unknown.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 5
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 16 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 16
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Gunmen Kill 16 at a Home Founded by Mother Teresa," The New York Times, March 5, 2016."
"Indian Priest Held By Suspected IS Militants In Yemen," AFP (World Service), March 6, 2016."
"Nuns killed as gunmen storm old people's home in Yemen," Al Jazeera, March 4, 2016."