August 2016 Aden bombing

On the morning of August 29, 2016, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant conducted a powerful car suicide bombing on an army camp in Aden, Yemen, killing 72 and wounding 67.[2] The attack took place as new military recruits were signing up in a local government school. Despite Al-Qaeda's large presence in the area, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant were the only ones to claim responsibility for the bombing.

August 2016 Aden car bombing
Part of the Aden unrest and the
Yemeni Civil War (2014–present)
Adan in Yemen.svg
Location of Aden Governorate in Yemen.
LocationAden, Aden Governorate, Yemen
Coordinates12°46′25″N 45°01′35″E / 12.7735°N 45.0265°E / 12.7735; 45.0265
Date29 August 2016
TargetPro-Hadi army recruits
Attack type
Suicide car bombings
PerpetratorsIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant

ISIS claimed responsibility and referred to the bombing as a "martyrdom operation".[3][4]


On 29 August 2016, recruits at an army training camp had queued in line for breakfast, which was brought into the compound by a truck. According to military sources, the recruitment was for the Yemeni and Saudi Arabian led coalition army, fighting the Huthi rebels at the northern border with Saudi Arabia.[5]

The suicide bomber, a suspected member of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, entered the compound behind this truck. He then drove his vehicle into the gathering of people, blowing himself up in a suicide car bomb attack and killing himself. The blast also caused a roof to collapse, burying recruits beneath it.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "'IS suicide bomber' kills 71 army recruits in Yemen". The Manila Times Online. 30 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  2. ^ Youssef, Nour; Al-Batati, Saeed (29 August 2016). "Suicide Attack Kills Scores of Military Recruits in Aden, Yemen". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 March 2017.(subscription required)
  3. ^ "Isis suicide bomb attack kills at least 54 in Yemen". The Independent. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Yemen: Death toll in ISIL's Aden bombing rises to 70". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 9 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Islamic State attack on army recruits in Yemen kills 54". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 March 2017.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "Action on Armed Violence". 30 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.