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24 Jan 2020 | 10:55 AM UTC

Mozambique: Attack on military base leaves 22 dead in Cabo Delgado province January 23

Insurgents attack Mozambican military base in Cabo Delgado province, killing 22 on January 23; similar attacks possible over the near term

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Event

Insurgents attacked a military base in Mbau (Cabo Delgado province) on Thursday, January 23, killing 22 members of the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM) and wounding several others. The insurgents first attacked the base on the evening (local time) of Wednesday, January 22, but were driven away; they returned at approximately 08:00 on Thursday and gained control of the base. The insurgents reportedly stole arms and other equipment before destroying the base and withdrawing. The Islamic State Central Africa Province (IS-CAP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence is to be expected in the vicinity of the attack over the coming days. Similar attacks are possible over the near term.  

Advice

Individuals in Cabo Delgado province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area, 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 see professional security support due to the volatile security environment and potential for further attacks.