Over the weekend, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) carried out a series of attacks in three Yemeni coastal provinces in the south and west of the country, including a coordinated attack in Hodeidah province, which is currently under Houthi rebel control.

During the evening of Oct. 30, suspected AQAP gunmen riding a motorbike shot an intelligence officer in Lahj province. The drive-by shooting took place in the provincial capital of al Houta and the officer, Fadl al Majidi, was killed instantly by the attack. Security sources in Lahj claimed that the assailants managed to flee the scene.

Concurrently, a similar attack in Abyan province claimed the life of a Yemeni soldier. The soldier was shot dead as he was returning to the military barracks from the public market in the city of Mahfad, long considered to be an AQAP stronghold. […]