Incident Summary:

05/17/2017: Assailants fired artillery at Sudanese Operation Restoring Hope forces in Hajjah governorate, Yemen. At least 15 soldiers were killed and 70 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 the Midi desert.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Operation Restoring Hope Coalition
Specific Description Sudanese Soldiers
Nationality of Target International
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Weapon Details
Artillery 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 Casualty 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 15 Fatalities / 70 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 70
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"21 Sudanese troops killed in Yemen: Military sources," Sudan Tribune, May 28, 2017."
"Sudanese commander reportedly killed in Yemen," Al-Masdar News, May 28, 2017."
"Photos for bodies of Sudanese's troops who killed in Yemen by Yemeni fighters in May 17 in western Yemen," Yemen Extra, May 22, 2017."