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: Unidentified explosion in Sana’a; grenade attack in Sana’a; gunmen clash with soldiers in Lahij; Southern Movement denies withdrawal from NDC

Horn of Africa: Police arrest Somalis in Sudan; judge cancels sentencing for Mohamed Mohamud; Ali Mohamed Ali found not guilty of piracy

Yemen Security Brief

  • Eyewitnesses reported a large explosion in eastern Sana’a on November 27. Security forces arrived to cordon off the scene. The cause of the explosion is unknown.[1]
  • A grenade exploded near the medical center in Sana’a on November 27. There were no reports of injuries.[2]
  • Gunmen clashed with soldiers from the 135th Brigade in Radfan, Lahij governorate on November 27.[3]
  • The media office for the Southern Movement denied that the entire Southern Movement had withdrawn from the National Dialogue Conference (NDC). Yemeni spokesman Mohammed Albasha confirmed that only a small portion of the delegates withdrew, including the former interior minister Mohammad Ali Ahmed.[4]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Sudanese police arrested twenty-four Somalis in Khartoum on November 27. The Somalis are accused of entering the country illegally.[5]
  • A federal judge canceled sentencing for Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali-American responsible for the 2010 Portland car-bomb plot. Government prosecutors admitted they used warrantless wiretaps to make their case.[6]
  • A federal jury found Ali Mohamed Ali not guilty of piracy. Ali Mohamed Ali was accused of being the negotiator for pirates hijacking ships in the Gulf of Aden and has been held in a U.S. jail since 2011. The court is still deliberating two lesser charges.[7]

[1] “Huge Explosions East of the Capital Sana’a,” Hshd, November 27, 2013 [Arabic]. Available:
[2] “Breaking: Bomb Explosion Near Medical Center in Sana’a,” Barakish, November 27, 2013 [Arabic]. Available:
[3] “Renewal of Clashes Between Gunmen and Individuals form the 135th Brigade in Radfan, and News about the Killing of an Officer and Wounding of a Soldier,” al Eshteraki, November 27, 2013 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Southern Movement Denies Withdrawing From the NDC and Refutes Allegations,” al Mashhad al Yemeni, November 27, 2013 [Arabic]. Available:
Al Basha, Mohammad (Yemen411) “#Confirmed: Not all #Herak delegates resigned today from NDC; only Mohammed Ali Ahmed & few of his supporters | #Yemen,” Tweet, November 27, 2013. Available:
[5] “Twenty Four Somalis Arrested in Sudan,” Bar Kulan, November 27, 2013. Available:
[6] “Judge Cancels Sentencing for Somali-American Man Convicted in Oregon Bomb Plot,” AP, November 27, 2013. Available:
[7] “Somali Man Found Not Guilty of Piracy in 2008 Ship Hijack,” AP, November 27, 2013. Available:
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