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: Al Houthi gunmen kill AQAP member in al Bayda; AQAP judge calls for Sunnis to fight al Houthis; al Houthi militants storm government building in Sana’a; AQAP militants detonate IED in Shabwah

Horn of Africa: Al Shabaab militants attack Jubbaland and AMISOM forces in Lower Jubba region; Somali security forces arrest dozens of suspected militants in Mogadishu; al Shabaab militants publicly execute man accused of rape in Lower Shabelle region

Yemen Security Brief

  • Al Houthi gunmen reportedly killed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) member Nasser al Hitam during fighting in Rada’a, al Bayda on October 22. Al Hitam is accused of carrying out assassinations against Yemeni military personnel. Separately, al Houthi gunmen attacked a military checkpoint in Rada’a, al Bayda on October 21, killing three soldiers and one officer from the Qaifa tribe. Qaifa tribal militants retaliated by attacking al Houthi militants in and around Rada’a. No other casualties have been reported.[1]
  • AQAP Judge Mamoun Hatem spoke in Ibb City, Ibb on October 21, calling for Sunnis to fight the al Houthis and reclaim their lost territory, including Amran.[2]
  • Al Houthi militants raided the office of the Interior Ministry in Sana’a on October 22. No casualties were reported. Separately, President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi rejected the governor of Sana’a’s October 19 resignation on October 22.[3]
  • Suspected AQAP militants detonated a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) near a military checkpoint in Shabwah on October 22, killing three and injuring two civilians.[4]

Horn of Africa Security Brief

  • Al Shabaab militants attacked Jubbaland and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) forces near Kismayo, Lower Jubba, resulting in the death of five militants and one solider, on October 22.[5]
  • Somali security forces reportedly arrested more than fifty suspected al Shabaab militants in Heliwa district of Mogadishu on October 22. [6]
  • Al Shabaab militants publicly stoned an 18 year-old to death, accusing him of rape, in Dharuuro, Lower Shabelle region on October 22.[7]

[1] “The death of al Qaeda leader al Hitam,” Barakish, October 22, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Houthi militants attack checkpoint killing officer, soldiers in central Yemen,” Yemen Post, October 21, 2014. Available:
“Houthis and Sunni tribesmen clash in Yemen,” Yahoo News, October 22, 2014. Available:
[2] AQAP video released to YouTube, October 21, 2014
[3] “President Hadi rejects the resignation of the governor of Sana’a after al Houthi storming of his office and the siege of his home,” al Masdar, October 22, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
“Houthi gunmen storm the Interior Ministry and agent for the office of Financial and Administrative Affairs,” al Masdar, October 22, 2014 [Arabic]. Available:
[4] “Three die in Yemen bombing,” Business Standard, October 22, 2014. Available:
[5] “Six killed in Al Shabaab botched attack near Kismayo,” Bar Kulan, October 22, 2014. Available:
[6] “Government forces arrests dozens in Mogadishu,” Goobjoog News, October 22, 2014. Available:
[7] “Somalia Islamist Militants Stone 18-Year-Old to Death for Rape,” October 22, 2014. Available:
“Somalia: Al Shabaab stones teenager to death,” October 22, 2014. Available:
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