Find a Security Clearance Job!

Homeland Security

Al-Qaeda bombs hotel in Aden


Event Details
Primary OrganizationYemen Jannubi Group
Other OrganizationAl-Qaeda1
Means of AttackBomb
TargetU.S. Marines
LocationAden, Yemen
Time Dec. 29, 1992
Victim Deaths21
ParticipantsSaif Islami Jannubi (Organizer)
Narrative and Notes
ReliableIn what is considered al-Qaeda's first attack, a militant Islamic Yemeni group, whose leader was on al-Qaeda's ruling council, bombed a hotel used by U.S. Marines transiting to Somalia as part of Operation Restore Hope.

No Marines were at the hotel when the bombs went off, but two tourists were killed. Sources differ as to whether the tourists were Austrian or Australian.1
QuestionableOpen sources do not identify the Yemeni group; it is speculation that the Yemeni Jannubi group was involved. Witnesses identified the group as strong allied with al-Qaeda in the early 1990s.
1The 9-11 Commission Report, July 22, 2004.
Key to bullets
High confidence
Some confidence
Low confidence
No confidence
Page maintained by John Lumpkin
Click here for a disclaimer and detailed explanation of the confidence ratings.