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: Gunmen assassinate Yemeni security officer in Taiz; unidentified militants clash with government soldiers in al Dhaleh

Horn of Africa: IED detonates near SNA forces in Bakool region; unidentified gunmen kill SNA soldier in Lower Shabelle region; rival clan militias clash in Mudug region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Unidentified gunmen riding on motorbikes assassinated a Yemeni security officer in Taiz on July 2. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.[1]
  • Suspected Southern Movement militants clashed with the 33rd Amored Brigade in al Dhaleh on July 2.[2]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • An improvised explosive device (IED) detonated near Wajid, Bakool region on July 2. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast, which appeared to target nearby Somali National Army (SNA) forces.[3]
  • Unidentified gunmen killed a SNA soldier in Afgoye, Lower Shabelle region on July 2. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the killing.[4]
  • Two rival clan militias clashed in Hobyo, Mudug region on July 1. Historical tensions between the clans reportedly prompted the fighting, which killed at least three combatants and injured five others.[5]

[1] “Assassination of senior security officer in shooting by gunmen riding on a motorcycle in downtown Taiz city- Picture,” Barakish Net, July 02, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Yemeni defense: Senior security officer killed in Taiz by gunmen riding on a motorcycle,” al Masdar, July 02, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Urgent.. Injuries in violent clashes between the army and the militant movement in Dali,” Barakish, July 02, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Wounded in clashes between the Yemeni Army and armed separatists,” al Sharq, July 02, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “IED targets SNA soldiers on Waajid outskirts,” Shabelle News, July 2, 2014. Available:
[4] “Govt soldier shot dead in Afgoye,” Shabelle News, July 2, 2014. Available:
[5] “Three killed and five injured in Hobyo shooting,” Bar Kulan, July 2, 2014. Available:
“SOMALIA: Gunfire confrontation in Somali central region claims the lives of three,” RBC Radio, July 1, 2014. Available:
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