Incident Summary:

08/01/2019: At least four suicide bombers detonated explosives-laden vehicles including a car, a bus and three motorcycles targeting a police station in Shaykh Uthman, Adan, Yemen. At least 15 people, including four assailants, were killed and 29 others were injured in the attack. This was one of two incidents in Aden on this day. The Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Houthi extremists also initially claimed responsibility but then later denied involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Shaykh Uthman

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Omar Al-Mokhtar area of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Yemeni Police
Specific Description Station
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden car, an explosives-laden minibus, and explosives-laden motorcycles were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
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 lowest 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.)
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) No
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 15 Fatalities / 29 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 15
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 4
Total Number of Injured 29
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The Latest: IS in Yemen claims Aden police station attack," ABC News, August 2, 2019.
"60 Killed In Aden Twin attacks – Yemeni Official," Daily Independent (Nigeria), August 1, 2019.
"Yemen: Dozens killed in attack on military parade," Deutsche Welle, August 1, 2019.