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30 Jan 2020 | 09:09 AM UTC

Mozambique: Militants attack Bilibiza village (Cabo Delgado province) January 29

Militants attack Bilibiza village (Cabo Delgado province), set college on fire January 29; similar attacks likely over the near term

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Event

Armed militants attacked the village of Bilibiza (Cabo Delgado province) at approximately 20:00 (local time) on Wednesday, January 29, setting its technical college on fire. Most residents fled before the group reached the village after hearing gunfire nearby; no casualties have been reported as of Thursday, January 30. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

A heightened security presence is expected in the vicinity of the attack over the coming days. Similar attacks are likely in Cabo Delgado over the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

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.