Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM068-B

Incident date

April 26, 2012

Location

مودية, Mudiya, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.929915, 46.079702 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three suspected militants were killed in an alleged American drone strike in the town of Mudiyah during the afternoon of the 26th of April, 2012.

Both Reuters and Mareb Press reported that the three militants were killed as the vehicle in which they were travelling was struck by a missile. Reuters further reported that local residents said they “saw two pilotless drone aircraft after hearing an explosion.” Al-Madar Online stated that, according to local sources, the attack was made against a ‘Vitara’ car in the Wadi Farda region, “killing three suspected members of the Ansar al-Sharia group, affiliated with Al Qaeda”.

Mareb Press specifically stated that the attack had been carried out “in the Farida Valley” in Mudiyah.

Al-Masdar Online stated that local sources had reported a second airstrike, conducted within the Amqouz area of Mudiyah on the same day, however there were no reported casualties or injuries.

The drone strike which killed the three suspected militants was one of several conducted in the month of April, 2012 during which Yemeni troops had launched an offensive “against insurgents after they attacked a military camp outside the southern city of Lawdar ” according to Reuters. Al-Masdar Online also reported that, on the morning of the 26th of April, 2012 “warplanes bombed coastal areas in the city of Shaqra in the governorate of Abyan.”

Press TV and Reuters reported that the attack was carried out by a US drone.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Mudiya (مودية) in the governorate Abyan (أبين‎). The generic coordinates for the town of Mudiya (مودية) are: 13.929915, 46.079702. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (8) [ collapse]

US Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    US Forces
  • US Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Likely strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike, Drone Strike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    0
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attacker
    US Forces
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3

Sources (8) [ collapse]