Gulf of Aden Security Review
A regularly updated review of both Yemen and the Horn of Africa covering topics related to security, governance, and militant activity.
Yemen: AQAP announces arrest of CIA spy; National Dialogue Conference publishes names of representatives assigned to working groups; Presidential Protection Force soldiers clash with armed gunmen in Sana’a market; Shabwah tribesmen kidnap children from Taiz governorate; gunmen assassinate director of security for Jabal ‘Ayal, Amran governorate; Brigadier General Ahmed Saleh releases staff of 30th Brigade; soldiers clash with Immigration and Passport security employees in Taiz city; President Hadi meets with Finnish foreign minister in Sana’a; police open fire on Southern Movement supporters in Crater, Aden; armed men kill prison guard in Mansoura, Aden; officers from 90th and 30th Brigades strike at Anad Air Base, Lahij governorate
Horn of Africa: Kenyan Supreme Court declares Uhuru Kenyatta election winner; AMISOM forces kill al Shabaab commander in Lower Shabelle; Ras Kamboni militiamen arrest Kismayo security chief; Somali and Emirati governments sign memorandum of understanding; al Shabaab militants shut down money remittance offices in Hiraan, Bay and Bakool provinces; al Shabaab arrest qat smugglers in Lower Shabelle; Ahlu Sunna wa al Jama’a agrees to integrate its militias into the Somali National Army; UNESCO head calls for investigation into murder of Somali journalist; 850 Sierra Leonean soldiers to arrive in Kismayo
Yemen Security Brief
- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced on March 29 that it had arrested a man who had been working for the CIA in Hadramawt governorate.
- National Dialogue Conference leadership published a final list containing the names of the members of the Dialogue’s nine working groups, which include committees devoted to Southern issues and Sa’ada governorate, on March 30.
- Members of the Presidential Protection Force clashed with armed gunmen at a qat market on 60th street in Sana’a on March 31. One civilian was wounded in the incident.
- Tribes from Shabwah governorate kidnapped tribesmen from Taiz governorate according to a report in Barakish Net on April 1.
- Gunmen assassinated the director of security for Jabal ‘Ayal, Abdel Aziz Amir, in Amran governorate on March 31.
- Brigadier General Ahmed Ali Saleh released the staff of the 30th Brigade after their arrest ten days ago in Sana’a, on April 1.
- Soldiers clashed with Immigration and Passport Department security personnel in the Immigration and Passports building in Taiz city on April 1.
- Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi met with Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja in Sana’a on March 31, regarding two Finnish citizens currently held hostage in Yemen.
- Police opened fire on demonstrating Southern Movement supporters in Crater, Aden on March 30, killing one civilian.
- Armed men killed a prison guard in Mansoura, Aden on March 29, while prisoners were being transported to a local hospital.
- Engineering officers in the 90th Combat and 30th Training Brigades went on strike on April 1 at the Anad Air Base, Lahij governorate, over a dispute relating to the distribution of weapons that had been recently shipped from Sana’a.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- The Kenyan Supreme Court declared Uhuru Kenyatta the victor of Kenya’s presidential elections on March 30. His opponent, Raila Odinga, delivered a televised statement conceding defeat in the election. Police clashed with protesters in Kisumu, an Odinga stronghold, after the announcement of the decision.
- AMISOM forces killed Mohamed Abu, al Shabaab commander in Bay and Bakool regions, in a raid in Lower Shabelle on March 31.
- Ras Kamboni militiamen arrested and jailed the Kismayo security chief in Kismayo, Lower Jubba on March 30.
- The Somali and Emirati governments signed a memorandum of understanding on March 31 in Dubai, which included an agreement for the UAE to open an embassy in Mogadishu.
- Somali government officials met in Mogadishu beginning on April 1 to appoint the head of the Somali Supreme Court and discuss judicial reforms.
- Al Shabaab militants shut down the offices of Dahabshil, a money remittance firm, in Hiran, Bay and Bakool provinces on March 31.
- Al Shabaab militants arrested eight people in Bulo Marer and Kurtunwarey towns, Lower Shabelle, for smuggling qat into the area, on April 1.
- UNESCO head Irina Bokova called for an investigation into the murder of Somali journalist Rahma Abdulkadir in New York on March 31.