Incident Summary:

12/21/2019: An explosive device detonated targeting Colonel Eiban Qassem Qashaa near Hillan Mountain in Sirwah district, Marib, Yemen. Qashaa, a military police commander, and three other soldiers were killed and four additional soldiers were injured in the blast. Houthi extremists claimed responsibility for the attack.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Sirwah district

Location Details:
The incident occurred on the N5 highway near Haylan Mountain.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Central Security Organization (CSO)
Specific Description Commander: Colonel Eiban Qassem Qashaa
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/Bombs/Dynamite Unknown Explosive Type
Weapon Details
Between one and two roadside bombs 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) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Houthi extremists (Ansar Allah) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"The martyr of the military police chief in the seventh region, by a Houthi explosive device," Yemen News, December 22, 2019.