Incident Summary:

02/22/2017: Assailants fired a missile targeting a military camp in Mukha, Taizz, Yemen. Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei, the Army's Deputy Chief of Staff, and six other soldiers were killed and 25 soldiers were injured in the attack. Houthi extremists claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Mukha district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Yemeni Army
Specific Description Vehicle of Deputy Chief of Staff: Major General Ahmed Saif al-Yafei
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 Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
A ballistic missile was 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the lowest reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) 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 7 Fatalities / 25 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 25
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"UPDATE 2-Senior Yemeni general killed in Houthi missile attack," Reuters UK, February 22, 2017."
"Rebel missile kills senior Yemeni general in Red Sea port," Breaking, February 22, 2017."
"Deputy chief of staff of Yemen's armed forces killed in Houthi missile attack," Xinhua General News Service, February 22, 2017."