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14 Feb 2019 | 11:55 PM UTC

Yemen: Roadside bomb detonation kills three soldiers in Abyan Feb. 13

Yemen News Alert

Roadside bomb detonation in Al-Mahfid (Abyan province) kills three Yemeni government troops and leaves several others wounded February 13; Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) suspected of carrying out attack

TIMEFRAME expected from 2/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 2/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Aden). COUNTRY/REGION Al-Mahfid (Abyan province)

Event

A roadside bomb detonated in Al-Mahfid (Abyan province) on Wednesday, February 13, killing three Yemeni government troops and leaving several others wounded. Local security officials blamed Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) for the attack. Similar AQAP attacks targeting security forces are possible in the area over the near term.

Context

Islamist terrorist groups such as AQAP, locally known as Ansar Al-Sharia, initially strengthened their foothold in Yemen amid the chaos of the civil war in the country, ongoing since 2015. Hadi government and allied Arab coalition-backed forces have since won key battles against AQAP militants in Abyan and other southern provinces, clearing some territory of AQAP militants. However, AQAP still periodically carries out attacks against security forces in the country.

Advice

Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments strongly advise their citizens against all travel to Yemen. Travel to the country should only be considered with proper security protocols in place. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.

 

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