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07 May 2019 | 11:02 PM UTC

Mozambique: Unidentified gunmen kill three in Cabo Delgado province May 5

Mozambique News Alert

Unidentified gunmen kill three people and reportedly burn approximately 100 houses in Meluco district (Cabo Delgado province) May 5; similar attacks possible over the coming days and weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 5/7/2019, 12:00 AM until 5/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Maputo). COUNTRY/REGION Meluco district (Cabo Delgado province)

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Unidentified gunmen, suspected to be Islamist militants, killed three people and reportedly burned approximately 100 houses in the village of Minhanha (Meluco district, Cabo Delgado province) on Sunday, May 5. The attack followed other, similar assaults reported in Macomia district (Cabo Delgado province) over recent days which left at least four people dead.

Further militant attacks are possible in Cabo Delgado province over the coming days and weeks.


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 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.


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