In the past several days, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has carried out and claimed credit for four separate attacks in Yemen’s eastern Hadramout province. These operations, which took place between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, include a suicide bombing and the assassination of a high ranking military official and have resulted in the deaths of about 40 Yemeni soldiers.
AQAP’s increased terrorist activity in Yemen comes in the context of the ongoing Houthi rebellion rocking the country. AQAP has declared an open war against the Shi’ite Houthis and has stepped up its attacks against both the rebels and the Yemeni military, whom AQAP accuses of colluding with the Houthis.
AQAP claims credit for Oct. 9 Hadramout suicide bombing
On Oct. 11, a Twitter account affiliated with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a statement claiming credit for the Oct. 9 attack on a military checkpoint in eastern Hadramout province that took place simultaneously with a suicide bombing in Sana’a. The attack in Hadramout took place at a military checkpoint on the outskirts of Mukallah, the provincial capital. […]