Incident Summary:

08/30/2019: A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden motorcycle by crashing into a Southern Resistance Forces (SRF) vehicle in Aden, Adan, Yemen. At least seven people, including one assailant and six SRF members, were killed and an unknown number of people, including civilians, were wounded in the attack. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for the incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Southern Resistance Forces (SRF)
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Vehicle
Weapon Details
An explosives-laden motorcycle was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The attack may have been the result of conflict between rival groups. 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.)
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Resurgence of terror groups in Yemen is a cause of concern for Arab coalition forces," Abu Dhabi National, September 2, 2019.
"Daesh suicide bomber kills 3 STC fighters in Aden," Saudi Gazette, August 30, 2019.
"Daesh claims Aden suicide attack on separatist fighters," Lebanon Daily Star, August 30, 2019.