Baqadhi's death highlights a rise in IED-related deaths on the Red Sea coast, as Houthi, STC and pro-government forces vie for influence
Tihama political, military groups mourn commander’s assassination by IED
Osama Mohammed Ayash Baqadhi, battalion commander of the 2nd Tihama Brigade, was killed along with his daughter Tasnim and bodyguard Moaz Shabin by an improvised explosive device (IED) early Sunday in the Al-Khokha district in Hodeidah governorate. Baqadhi’s wife sustained severe injuries in the blast.
The Tihama Movement and the Tihama Resistance Council–political and military organizations made up of residents from the Tihama region along Yemen's Red Sea coast–did not say who was responsible for the planning and killing of the Baqadhi family on their return from Al-Khokha city, but pointed to "hands of treachery and betrayal," according to a joint statement released by the two groups Monday.
The assassination of Baqadhi highlights a rise in deaths associated with IEDs along the the Red Sea coast, as warring parties, including the Houthis, separatist Southern Transitional Council and pro-government forces continue to vie for influence in southern Hodiedah.