At least two people were killed in the Yemeni capital of San’a on 4 February when a military bus, transporting a number of soldiers was raked with gunfire, before it was bombed by militants thought to have links with Al-Qaida’s regional wing, dubbed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). This came just days after two separate kidnapping incidents in the Yemeni capital; and three explosions in the city center, in the vicinity of the French Embassy, Defense Ministry and Central Bank.

In isolation, such incidents have become common place in Yemen, and are symptomatic of a country struggling to achieve political transition close to two years after the stepping down of President ‘Ali ‘Abd Allah Salih in February 2012. (CONTINUED - 1043 WORDS)