Incident Summary:

08/14/2017: Assailants abducted two people, including activist Hisham al-Omeisy and US embassy worker Usamah al-Ansi in Sanaa, Amanat Al Asimah, Yemen. Al-Omeisy was released on January 10, 2018 and al-Ansi was released on February 18, 2018. Houthi extremists claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:

Amanat Al Asimah


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United States Department of State
Specific Description Embassy Worker: Usamah al-Ansi
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Activist: Hisham al-Omeisy
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 188
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Yemen's Houthi rebels arrest activist Hisham al-Omeisy," Al Jazeera Online, August 18, 2017.
"Yemen: Roundup of Huthi Developments 2000 GMT 19 February 2018," Summary, February 18, 2018.
"Yemeni Activist Hisham Al-Omeisy Abducted By Saleh-Houthi Fighters," Scribd, August 19, 2017.