2014 Rada' bombings

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2014 Rada' bombings
Part of Yemeni Crisis (2011-present)
Al Bayda' in Yemen.svg
Location of Al Bayda' Governorate in Yemen
LocationRada' District, Yemen
DateDecember 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
Attack type
Car bomb, suicide bombing

The 2014 Rada' bombings occurred on December 16, 2014 after two car bombs exploded in Rada' District, Al Bayda' Governorate, Yemen killing as many as 31 people, including 20 children.[1][2][3]


Al-Qaeda militants were targeting Houthi militants. The first bomb struck a gathering point where a group of Houthis were located. The first car was filled with potatoes and had the bombs hidden underneath. The second bomb was intended to hit the home of Abdullah Idris, a Shiite rebel leader. The bomb did not make it far enough and blew up next to a bus that was carrying children home from school.[4] Up to 31 people died altogether from the bombings, including 20 children.[5][6][7]


The United Nations responded to the bombings, stating "The attack on the schoolchildren on Tuesday in Yemen and other countries aroused a great sadness and must not be allowed to continue."[8]


  1. ^ "Yemen car bomb attacks 'kill 15 children'". BBC News. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Two car bombs explode in central Yemen killing 25". Reuters. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Bomb killed 25 people in Yemen". Al Jazeera. December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Al-Hej, Ahmed. "2 bombers kill 26 including 26 students in Yemen". WNCN. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ Almasmari, Hakim. "Bomb meant for militants kills 20 children in Yemen, officials say". CNN. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Dozens, including 20 children, killed in Yemen suicide blasts". gulfnews. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Two Car Bombs Kill 25 in Yemen". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  8. ^ "As 16 schoolgirls killed, UN condemns violence in Yemen". Saba Net. Retrieved 17 December 2014.