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25 Mar 2020 | 11:15 AM UTC

Mozambique: Islamic State claims Mocímboa da Praia assault March 25 /update 1

Islamic State (IS) claims responsibility for March 23 raid on Mocímboa da Praia (Cabo Delgado province) March 25; similar attacks possible over the near term



On Wednesday, March 25, the Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the March 23 assault on Mocímboa da Praia (Cabo Delgado province). After having briefly gained control of some areas, IS militants were reportedly pushed out of the town on Tuesday, March 24, by Mozambican security forces. IS claimed to have killed and wounded dozens of soldiers and police officers in the raid, though the government has yet to provide a casualty count. According to government officials, security has been heightened in the area.

Additional militant attacks and security operations are expected in the province over the near term.


Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jamo/Ansar Al-Sunna (Al-Shabaab) is believed to be responsible for carrying out attacks against local businesses, government installations, and security forces in Cabo Delgado province since October 2017. The Islamic State group has also claimed to be active in the province and alleged that its militants carried out the group's first attack in Mocímboa da Praia district in June 2019.


Individuals in Cabo Delgado province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise against nonessential travel to parts of Cabo Delgado province. Travelers in or intending to travel to Cabo Delgado should seek professional security support due to the volatile security environment and potential for further attacks.

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