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 claims credit for Charlie Hebdo Paris attack; IED dismantled in Dhamar; Ansar al Sharia militants assassinate local leader in Abyan; Ansar al Sharia militants ambush military convoy
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Kenyan AMISOM convoy in Kenya’s Coast Province, killing one soldier
Yemen Security Brief
- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed credit on January 14 for the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France. A video featuring AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al Ansi credited Said and Cherif Kouachi for executing the attack but stated that the operation of Amedy Coulibaly was unrelated.
- Yemeni Security Forces dismantled an improvised explosive device (IED) planted near a cultural center in Dhamar city, Dhamar on January 14. Authorities do not know who planted to bomb, but Ansar al Sharia recently detonated an IED in the same area last week.
- Suspected Ansar al Sharia militants ambushed a military convoy on January 14 in Belhaf, Shabwah. The attack killed three soldiers and wounded others.
- Security Forces in Zinjibar, Abyan arrested a six-member Ansar al Sharia cell on January 14. Officials suspect that the militants are responsible for the assassination of an Abyan Popular Committee leader on January 13.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Suspected al Shabaab militants ambushed a convoy of Kenyan African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces on January 14 in Lamu, Kenya’s Coast Province near the Somali border. Five militants and one soldier were killed in the ensuing firefight.