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: Al Houthis clash with Presidential Guard units in Sana’a; AQAP detonates IED targeting al Houthis in Rada’a, central Yemen

Horn of Africa: Suspected al Shabaab militants attack Somali official in Lower Jubba region; unidentified militants assassinate security guard in Kenya’s Coast Province

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Houthi militants and Presidential Guard units clashed in the capital Sana’a on December 24 after al Houthis attempted to close down an area of the capital for a celebration. The clashes lead to a number of al Houthi deaths and the closure by the Presidential Guard of the area.[1]
  • Suspected al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) targeting an al Houthi patrol in Qayfa, Rada’a, al Bayda on December 23, killing an unknown number of al Houthis.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Suspected al Shabaab militants shot at the car of former Deputy Mayor of Kismayo, who sustained serious injuries, on December 23.[3]
  • Ten unidentified militants disguised as Kenyan police officers shot and killed a security guard at a hotel in Chale Island near Mombasa in Kenya’s Coast Province on December 22.[4] 

[1] “Presidential Guard closes Saba’in Square after clashes with al Houthis,” Barakish, December 24, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Presidential Guard closes Saba’in Square in Sana’a in front of al Houthis,” al Masdar, December 24, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Somalia: Former official wounded in Kismayo Gun attack,” Garowe Online, December 23, 2014. Available:
[4] “Watchman shot dead at Kenyan coastal hotel,” Sabahi Online, December 23, 2014. Available:
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