Incident Summary:

05/15/2016: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden belt targeting new recruits at a police camp in Mukalla, Hadramawt, Yemen. In addition to the assailant, at least 31 recruits were killed and 50 recruits were injured in the blast. This was one of two related attacks targeting General Mubarak al-Oubthani, the Hadramawt security chief, in Mukalla on this date. The Hadramawt Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for this incident.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Yemeni Police
Specific Description Recruits
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 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 incident conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here. This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Hadramawt Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 32 Fatalities / 50 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 32
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 50
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Five Yemeni soldiers killed, four others injured in suicide attack," Deutsche Presse-Agentur, May 16, 2016."
"Yemen: Daesh suicide bombing kills 25 troops in Hadhramaut," Muslim News, May 16, 2016."
"While Yemen was hit with suicide bombings, ISIS launched multiple attacks across Iraq," Mid Day, May 16, 2016."