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: ISIS claims VBIED attack against al Houthis in Sana’a: AQAP claims responsibility for four separate attacks in al Bayda; al Houthis killed in IED attack in Shabwah
Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab briefly holds territory in Lower Shabelle; security forces thwart al Shabaab attack on Mogadishu intelligence training center; Somali intelligence announces death of senior al Shabaab member
Yemen Security Review
- The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) Wilayat Sana’a detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) at the Qiba al Mahdi mosque on June 20, killing two and wounding another six. Wilayat Sana’a claimed that they were targeting al Houthi militias who frequent the mosque. Unidentified militants also detonated a VBIED targeting the al Houthis in Ibb city, Ibb on June 20.
- Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed responsibility for a series of attacks on June 18 targeting the al Houthis in al Bayda. The group claimed responsibility for a suicide VBIED (SVBIED) attack targeting al Houthis in Makiras as well as an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in the Masha’ba area. Additionally, AQAP claimed responsibility for both an IED attack in al Bayda city as well as an attack on al Houthi positions in al Taffa.
- Five members of the al Houthi movement were killed on June 21 after an IED targeted their vehicle in Ataq, Shabwah.
Horn of Africa Security Review
- Local reporting indicates that al Shabaab briefly held a military instillation and a police station in Afgooye, Lower Shabelle region, on June 20. At least eight Somali troops were killed and two military vehicles were destroyed in the siege.
- Al Shabaab militants detonated an SVBIED outside a Somali intelligence agency training center in Mogadishu on June 21. The militants mistakenly raided a nearby home they believed to be part of the center, allowing security forces to thwart the attack. Somali officials claimed the attack left four militants dead but denied al Shabaab’s claims that the group’s militants killed ten intelligence officials.
- The Somali National Security and Intelligence Agency reported that al Shabaab senior member Yussuf Haji was killed by an grenade in Bardere, Gedo region, on June 22. The attack was in retaliation for al Shabaab’s June 21 attack on a Mogadishu intelligence training center.