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: Yemeni judges go on national strike; Yemeni security forces kill two AQAP members in raid; assailants blow up oil pipeline in Ma’rib
Horn of Africa: Djiboutian AMISOM and SNA forces conduct security operations in Hiraan region; SNA forces clash with al Shabaab in Lower Shabelle region
Yemen Security Brief
- Yemeni Judge Club members began a national strike on March 26 in response to the kidnapping of Judge Mohammed al Sorori in Hajjah governorate on March 25. A spokesperson for the Club stated that they will not end the strike until Judge al Sorori is released and his kidnappers are brought to justice.
- Yemeni security forces killed two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants during a house raid in the city of al Dhaleh in al Dhaleh governorate on March 28. In addition to the death of one Yemeni soldier, local officials report that they confiscated a sizeable number of weapons from the house.
- Unidentified assailants blew up an oil pipeline in Wadi Abeida in Ma’rib governorate on March 28. Yemeni security forces have launched an investigation into the attack.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- Djiboutian AMISOM and Somali National Army (SNA) forces conducted security operations in the Aborey and Yasooman localities near Bulo-Burde in Hiraan region on March 27. The security sweeps came a day after al Shabaab attacked AMISOM and SNA military bases in Bulo-Burde. One suspected al Shabaab militant was arrested during the operations.
- SNA forces clashed with al Shabaab militants near Qoryoley in Lower Shabelle region on March 27. The fighting broke out after al Shabaab militants attacked a Somali police station near the town. Although the extent of casualties remains unclear, the fighting was reported to include heavy exchanges of gunfire.