Suspected Islamist militants launched an attacked in Piqueue (Cabo Delgado province) on Thursday, February 7, killing seven people and abducting four others. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of Monday, February 11, although the Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jamo/Ansar Al-Sunna (Al-Shabaab) group is suspected. Heightened security measures are expected throughout the province in the near term as similar attacks are possible.
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.
Individuals in Cabo Delgado province more generally, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, 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.