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 detonates five IEDs in capital Sana’a targeting al Houthis; militants assassinate security official in Taiz

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants publicly execute man for spying in Middle Shabelle region; unidentified gunmen assassinate two policemen in Kenya’s North Eastern Province

Yemen Security Brief

  • Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants detonated five improvised explosive devices (IED) targeting al Houthi militants in the capital Sana’a on December 23. One al Houthi militant was killed during the blasts. Security forces found and cleared three other IEDs in the same area.[1]
  • Unidentified militants assassinated a security official and a Yemeni Red Crescent aid worker on December 23 in the center of Taiz. AQAP has recently carried out assassinations of officials in the same area.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Al Shabaab militants publicly executed a man accused of spying for the Somali government near Jowhar, Middle Shabelle region on December 23.[3]
  • Unidentified gunmen shot and killed two policemen in Wajir in Kenya’s North Eastern Province on December 23.[4]         

[1] “Dismantling of IED close to school for girls in capital and suspension of studies,” Barakish, December 23, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Bombing kills one, injures another in Sana’a,” Saba, December 23, 2014. Available:
[2] “Two killed by unidentified gunmen riding on motorcycles in central Taiz,” al Mashad al Yemeni, December 23, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Al Shabaab execute young man for suspected spying,” Bar Kulan, December 23, 2014. Available:
[4] “Gunmen kill two police reservist in Wajir,” Bar Kulan, December 23. 2014. Available:
“Gunmen kill reservist, steal two guns in Wajir attack,” the Star, December 23, 2014. Available:
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