Incident Summary:

12/07/2019: Assailants opened fire and killed Colonel Mohamed Saleh al-Radfani, a senior Security Belt Forces official, in Shaykh Uthman, Adan, Yemen. The Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources also attributed the attack to the Al-Islah Party, which denied involvement.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Shaykh Uthman

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Mansura neighborhood of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Terrorists/Non-state Militia
Name of Entity Hizam Brigade
Specific Description Official: Colonel Mohamed Saleh al-Radfani
Nationality of Target Yemen
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Assault rifles were 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Adan-Abyan Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Al-Islah Party (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Assassinations rock Aden following Yemeni government's return," Middle East Eye, December 12, 2019.
"Spotlight: Tightened security measures in Yemen's Aden to curb spike of assassinations," Xinhua General News Service, December 10, 2019.
"Terrorism Digest 9-10 Dec 19," BBC Monitoring, December 10, 2019.