‘Ansar al-Sharia in Yemen claims responsibility for killing of 14 soldiers in Hadramawt,’ AkhbarAnsar (Yemen),8 August 2014

Breaking: 14 soldiers killed in Ansar al-Sharia ambush in Wadi Hadramawt

8 August 2014

Hadramawt – Special Report:

Fourteen Yemeni soldiers lost their lives in an ambush carried out by Ansar al-Sharia this Friday evening in the city of al-Houta in Wadi Hadramawt, eastern Yemen.

An Ansar al-Sharia media correspondent in Wadi Hadramawt explained that the mujahideen spotted a bus carrying soldiers from the Yemeni Houthi army and stopped it along the main road in al-Houta “Houtat Shibam,” near the city of Seiyun, the capital of Wadi Hadramawt. He indicated that the mujahideen disembarked the soldiers and investigated them, confirming their affiliation with central military units in Seiyun from their military IDs.

The correspondent added: “After that, the mujahideen led them to the market where they delivered a speech to the audience, clarifying that the captured soldiers had participated in the most recent military campaign against Sunnis in Wadi Hadramawt; the mujahideen then decided to kill them as appropriate punishment for their crimes and for fighting in the Houthi army.”

It should be noted that the ambush came one day after Ansar al-Sharia’s raid of military and security headquarters and centres in the cities of Seiyun and al-Qoton in Wadi Hadramawt.

Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original statement available here.



  1. Anonymous

    Bit confused by this… The Houthis are fighting the Yemeni army in the north but they are the troops of the army in the south?

  2. Kevin Moore

    I would say that Ansar al-Sharia, an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is probably using such language in order to stoke sectarian differences within the country and appeal to Sunni residents of the area. Yes, the Yemeni army is fighting the Houthi’s in the north, but they are also fighting the Sunni’s (Ansar al-Sharia and AQAP) in the south. By using such a term, Ansar al-Sharia is attempting to demonstrate to the people they one day hope to govern in an Islamic emirate, that they are protecting their best interests as Sunnis.

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