Incident Summary:

12/18/2016: A suicide bomber detonated targeting Sulban military base in Aden, Adan, Yemen. In addition to the assailant, at least 52 soldiers were killed and 90 soldiers were injured in the blast. The Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201612180004

When:
2016-12-18

Country:
Yemen

Region:
Middle East & North Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Adan

City:
Aden

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Military of Yemen
Specific Description Sulban Base
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
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 vest was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
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 conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
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 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 53 Fatalities / 90 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 53
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 90
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Islamic State's Aden attacks reflect group's strategy aimed at fomenting chaos before seizing territory in Yemen," IHS Global Insight, December 21, 2016."
"Suicide bomber kills more than 40 in Yemen," CNN, December 18, 2016."
"Islamic State suicide attack kills 52 in southern Yemen," Boston Globe, December 19, 2016."