Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

USYEM087-B

Incident date

May 18, 2012

Location

شقرة, Shaqra, Abyan, Yemen

Geolocation

13.356639, 45.699426 Note: The accuracy of this location is to Town level. Continue to map

Airwars assessment

Three Al Qaeda members were killed and six others were wounded by alleged US or Yemeni airstrikes on the town of Shaqra on May 17, 2012. There were no reports of civilian harm.

Yemen News Network tweeted from @YemenNews that warplanes struck two tanks captured by Al Qaeda in Arquob, west of Shaqra. The warplanes were believed to be Yemeni. @YenNews1 reported that warplanes bombed an Al Qaeda checkpoint in Shaqra, and this story was supported by @ahrar_tagheer who noted both dead and wounded at a checkpoint strike and @TaizCity which noted the same. The latter again mentioned warplanes but did not attribute these planes to either Yemen or the United States.

Evan Kohlmann offered a more specific report at @IntelTweet, noting that Abdel Elah bin Mustafa al-Shehri, a twenty-year old Saudi national, had been killed by a U.S. drone strike. No other report corroborated this, and this tweet may have been referring to an earlier strike.

Associated Press reported a single ‘Yemeni warplane’ struck a checkpoint in Shaqra in Abyan province. Three alleged militants were killed and six wounded, the agency said.

Given that CNN had reported US strikes on the same town the previous day, this may also have been a US action.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

Geolocation notes

Reports of the incident mention the town of Shaqra (شقرة) in the Abyan (أبين‎) governorate. Due to limited information and satellite imagery available to Airwars, we were unable to verify the location further. The generic coordinates for the town of Shaqra (شقرة) are: 13.356639, 45.699426.

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6

Sources (7) [ collapse]

US Forces Assessment:

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

Yemeni Air Force Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Yemeni Air Force
  • Yemeni Air Force position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike
  • Civilian harm reported
    No
  • Civilians reported killed
    Unknown
  • Cause of injury / death
    Heavy weapons and explosive munitions
  • Suspected attackers
    US Forces, Yemeni Air Force
  • Suspected target
    Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
  • Belligerents reported killed
    3
  • Belligerents reported injured
    6

Sources (7) [ collapse]