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: Ansar al Sharia fields SVBIED targeting home of Iranian ambassador to Yemen in Sana’a; gunmen assassinate security official in Taiz
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants target UN and AMISOM convoys with VBIEDs in Mogadishu; SNA and AMISOM forces conduct security operation in Hiraan region
Yemen Security Brief
- Ansar al Sharia militants detonated a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (SVBIED) at the house of the Iranian ambassador to Yemen, Hossein Niknam, in the capital Sana’a on December 3. The ambassador was not harmed, but an estimated three people were killed in the attack. Ansar al Sharia later claimed credit for the attack.
- Unidentified gunmen on motorcycles assassinated a security official in Taiz city in southern Yemen as the official was leaving work on December 3. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) often uses gunmen on motorcycles to target security officials.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Al Shabaab militants detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) near a UN convoy in Mogadishu, killing four and wounding more than ten on December 3. Al Shabaab spokesman Sheikh Abdi Aziz Abu Musab later claimed the group’s responsibility for the attack. Separately, suspected al Shabaab militants detonated a VBIED targeting an African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) convoy in Mogadishu, killing four soldiers on December 3.
- Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM forces conducted a security operation targeting al Shabaab militants in Bulo-Burde, Hiraan region on December 3. The operation came in response to militants firing mortar rounds at government forces in the area.