Suspected Islamist militants launched three attacks between December 10-11 in the Palma district of the Cabo Delgado province. The assailants raided the villages of Nalyandele, Malamba, and Miando, reportedly killing at least four people and kidnapping three others. Several houses were also burnt down. In addition to raids on villages, attacks against individuals working in fields were reported, notably in the village of Makanga, where one person was beheaded. Similar attacks are possible in Cabo Delgado province in the near term.
The Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jamo/Ansar Al-Sunna (Shabaab) group has been responsible for carrying out attacks against local businesses, government installations, and security forces in Cabo Delgado province.
Individuals in the affected area 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.
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