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23 Nov 2019 | 12:24 PM UTC

Mozambique: Islamic State group claims killings of eight people in Cabo Delgado November 21

On November 21, Islamic State group claims recent killings of eight people in attacks on Mangaleuwa and Dimayo (Cabo Delgado province); similar militant attacks targeting security forces possible over the near term



On Thursday, November 21, the Islamic State militant group claimed its militants had killed eight people in attacks on military posts hosting Mozambican and Russian forces in Mangaleuwa and Dimayo (Cabo Delgado province) on Sunday, November 17. The alleged attacks were not immediately confirmed by independent media outlets.

Similar militant attacks targeting security forces are possible in Cabo Delgado 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.