A suspected Al-Qai'da in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) bombing attack killed six people and wounded six others in Al-Qatn village (Hadhramaut province) on Friday, May 3. The explosion was the second attack to target the village in recent days. Similar AQAP attacks are possible in Hadhramaut province over the near term.
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.
Due to poor security conditions, many Western governments 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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