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: Iranian special operations forces free kidnapped Iranian diplomat; suspected Ansar al Sharia militants detonate IED in Hadramawt; unidentified militants detonate IED in Taiz

Horn of Africa: Unidentified gunmen target former president’s brother in Mogadishu

Yemen Security Brief

  • Iran announced on March 5 that special operatives freed Iranian diplomat Nour Ahmad Nikbakht in Yemen. Unidentified militants had kidnapped Nikbakht in July 2013 and held him hostage.[1]
  • Suspected Ansar al Sharia militants detonated an improvised explosive device (IED) in al Mukalla, Hadramawt on March 5. The explosion targeted the Special Security Forces and wounded two people.[2]
  • Unidentified militants detonated an IED in Taiz city, Taiz on March 5. The explosion slightly wounded three civilians.[3]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Unidentified gunmen attacked the brother of former Somali President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in the Karan district of Mogadishu on March 5. The victim was injured in the attack but survived. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.[4]

[1] “Iranian operation in Yemen frees diplomat,” BBC, March 5, 2015. Available:
“Iranian special operatives free diplomat abducted in Yemen,” New York Times, March 5, 2015. Available:
[2] “IED wounds two in al Mukalla,” Barakish, March 5, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Three injured by trash bomb in Taiz,” al Masdar, March 5, 2015 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Former Somali President Brother wounded in Mogadishu,” Dalsan Radio, March 5. Available:
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