Incident Summary:

05/12/2016: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles and assailants opened fire targeting a naval base in Mukalla, Hadramawt, Yemen. In addition to the bombers, at least 15 soldiers were killed and 24 soldiers were injured in the blasts and ensuing clash. This was one of two coordinated attacks targeting military personnel in Mukalla on this date. The Hadramawt Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incidents. However, sources also attributed the attacks to Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at a military base in Khalf district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Yemeni Navy
Specific Description Base
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Three explosives-laden vehicles and firearms were 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Casualty numbers for this attack conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) No
Hadramawt Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 24 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 2
Total Number of Injured 24
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"IS claims triple suicide attack which killed 13 soldiers," EFE, May 12, 2016."
"Yemen: Suspected Qaida suicide attacks target military base," Xinhua News Agency, May 12, 2016."
"Extremist suicide attack kills 15 troops near Yemen's Mukalla," Lebanon Daily Star, May 12, 2016."