Terror warnings for Yemen, Djibouti
Threat of maritime terrorism prompts warnings.
Warnings of Terrorist Attacks May Shake Djibouti and Yemen
Yemen’s Interior Ministry has ordered increased security along the country’s coastline in response to information that al-Qaeda’s Somalia-based affiliate al-Shabaab is planning to carry out attacks in Djibouti and Yemen. The Yemeni Coast Guard and the navy have been told to arrest any suspects arriving by sea.
Yemen continues to be riven by Shiite and Sunni factionalism and civil strife, which has been exploited by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to launch terror attacks.
On Monday, the US Department of State issued a travel advisory warning of “specific threats from terrorism” aimed at Western and local targets, which could include “attacks on maritime vessels in or near Djiboutian ports”. In May, al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Djibouti town centre and threatened further attacks.
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