Incident Summary:

06/03/2016: Assailants fired rockets that struck a market in Taizz, Yemen. At least 17 civilians were killed and 30 civilians were injured in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources suspected that Huthi extremists carried out the attack.

GTD ID:
201606030017

When:
2016-06-03

Country:
Yemen

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Taizz

City:
Taizz

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Old City area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Market
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages 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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Katyusha rockets and mortars 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 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
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 17 Fatalities / 30 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 17
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 30
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"17 civilians killed by rocket fire on market in Yemen’s Taiz," Washington Post, June 3, 2016."
"At least six Yemenis killed by rocket fired from Houthi-held area - medics," Reuters UK, June 3, 2016."
"Rockets hit busy market in Yemen's Taiz, 18 civilians killed," Xinhua General News Service, June 3, 2016."