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: Senator McCain visits Sana’a; gunmen attempt to rob Central Bank vehicle in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; roadside bomb targets Central Security Forces in al Mukalla, Hadramawt; security forces end protest against Sana’a security director; South African officials travel to Yemen to secure captives’ release; soldiers at military academy in Sana’a protest corruption; gunmen prevent men from repairing electrical lines in Ma’rib; Kuwait grants $85 million for development in south Yemen; clashes at checkpoint north of Sana’a kill one; deadly tribal conflict occurs in Shabwah governorate; mine is defused in Karsh between Aden and Taiz governorates
Horn of Africa: U.S. drone crashes outside Bulo Mareer, Lower Shabelle region, al Shabaab posts pictures; al Shabaab official calls on Mukhtar Abu Zubair to stand trial; Somali troops conduct security operations in Hamar Jajab, Mogadishu; Somali and AMISOM troops conduct security operations along Mogadishu-Baidoa road; unknown gunmen kill family of seven outside Kalabeyr, Mudug region; Somali members of parliament drawing motion to condemn Kenyan Army in Kismayo; local councilor kills one in Hargeisa, Wooqooyi Galbeed region; Kenyan police double Somali border security personnel; Somali prime minister speaks at investors’ conference in Nairobi, Kenya; Somali parliament speaker meets with United Nations delegation in Mogadishu, Somalia; Kenyan police accused of human rights violations in Nairobi, Kenya
Yemen Security Brief
- Senator John McCain (R-AZ) traveled to Sana’a and met with President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi on May 28 during an unannounced trip to the Middle East.
- Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to rob a Yemeni Central Bank car transporting money in al Mukalla, Hadramawt governorate on May 29.
- A roadside bomb detonated in the al Wuqa’a neighborhood of al Mukalla, Hadramawt governorate as a Central Security Forces convoy passed on May 29.
- Security forces in Sana’a ended a days-long protest against Sana’a Security Director Dr. Amr Abdul Karim on May 28.
- Representatives of the South African government, including Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Sadiq Jaffer, traveled to Yemen on May 28 and 29 to secure the release of Pierre and Yolande Korkie, South African citizens kidnapped in Taiz on May 27.
- Soldiers and officers at the high military academy in Sana’a protested over corrupt officials in the institute on May 29.
- Armed men prevented repair crews from fixing damage to electrical lines in al Damashqa, Ma’rib on May 28 and 29.
- Yemeni Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Mohammed al Sa’adi and director of the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Economic Development signed an agreement on May 28 granting Yemen $85 million dollars for reconstruction in southern Yemen.
- Clashes erupted between armed men in an unmarked car trying to pass a checkpoint and police officers in the Dares area north of Sana’a on May 29. At least one officer was reported killed and several wounded.
- The Al Ba Ma’bad and Al Saliman tribes fought over a tribal revenge matter in al Ayn Bir Ali in Rudum district, Shabwah governorate around May 29. One was killed and one injured during the conflict.
- Security forces defused an anti-tank mine in Karsh, along the Aden-Taiz road, on May 29.
Horn of Africa Security Brief
- A U.S. drone crashed outside of Bulo Mareer, Lower Shabelle region on May 28. The reason for the crash is unconfirmed, though a local resident said that al Shabaab shot down the drone. Al Shabaab militants recovered the wreckage. The group posted pictures of it to its Twitter page.
- The Islamic World Issues Study Center posted a message to jihadist forums on May 24 from the self-proclaimed head of al Shabaab’s Arbitration Court, Zubeir al Muhajir. Muhajir said that al Shabaab leader Mukhtar Abu Zubair should present himself to the court to be judged for his persecution of Omar Hammami and four other foreign fighters.
- Somali troops conducted security operations in Hamar Jajab district, Mogadishu on May 29. At least 30 people were arrested in the crackdown, but several were released shortly after.
- Somali and AMISOM troops conducted security operations along the road linking Mogadishu and Baidoa on May 29. Somali and AMISOM forces arrested people dressed in army uniforms who were robbing travelers along the road.
- Unknown gunmen shot and killed a family of seven outside Kalabeyr, Mudug region on May 28. All of the attackers escaped and the reason behind the attack is not known.
- Somali ministers of parliament are putting together a motion that will condemn the Kenyan Army’s actions in Kismayo, Lower Jubba region. The ministers are accusing the Kenyan Army of interfering in the Jubbaland political process.
- A member of the Hargeisa Local Council shot and killed a man in Hargeisa, Wooqooyi Galbeed region on May 29. The councilor was arrested and an investigation is underway.
- Kenyan police doubled personnel along the Kenyan-Somali border on May 26 following the May 25 coordinated al Shabaab attack on Garissa, Kenya.
- Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon spoke at a two-day Somali investors’ conference in Nairobi, Kenya on May 29. Shirdon welcomed potential investors and praised Somalia’s economic growth.
- Somali Speaker of Parliament Osman Jawahiri met with a United Nations delegation in Mogadishu on May 29.
- Human Rights Watch released a report describing human rights abuses carried out by Kenyan police in Nairobi between November 2012 and January 2013. At least 1,000 Somali refugees were beaten, tortured and raped during that time period.