SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: November 10, 2015

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances

Institution(s):University of Ibb

Region & Country:Western Asia | Yemen

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On November 10, 2016, a suicide bomber blew himself up on a university campus in a Houthi-controlled section of southwestern Yemen.  The bomber reportedly entered the campus of the University of Ibb dressed in women’s clothing, and detonated himself shortly thereafter.  No injuries to bystanders nor any damage to property were reported.   
Scholars at Risk is concerned about violent attacks on campus. In addition to the harm to any immediate victims, such incidents have a chilling effect on academic freedom and institutional autonomy. State officials have a responsibility to ensure the security of higher education communities, to prevent future attacks, and to hold perpetrators accountable.