Incident Summary:

02/24/2018: Two suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles and six other assailants attacked a counterterrorism headquarters in Gold Mohur area of the Tawahi, Aden, Yemen. In addition to four assailants, 14 people were killed and 40 others were injured in the attack; the victims included both civilians and security personnel. The Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Gold Mohur area of the Tawahi neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Yemeni Police
Specific Description Aden Counterterrorism Headquarters
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Explosives Suicide (carried bodily by human being)
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Two explosives-laden vehicles, two explosives-laden belts, and firearms were 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority 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 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 18 Fatalities / 40 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 18
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 40
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Twin suicide blasts rock Yemen port city of Aden," CNN Wire, February 24, 2018.
"Yemen: twin-suicide attack leaves 14 killed, 40 wounded," MENA English (Middle East and North Africa Financial Network), February 26, 2018.
"At least 14 killed in Yemen attack, Islamic State claims responsibility," ABC Online, February 25, 2018.