Reports indicate that between Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, Islamic militants attacked nine villages in the northern district of Muidumbe in Cabo Delgado province. The attacks led to the beheadings of nine villagers and property was also destroyed. Local authorities have reportedly denied that any of the villages were still under the control of the militants.
Further attacks, in addition to security operations, are possible in the area in the near term.
Cabo Delgado province has seen a significant increase in Islamist militant activity in 2020. At least 900 civilians have been killed, and at least 150,000 more have fled Cabo Delgado since the Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama insurgency began in 2017.
Those in Cabo Delgado province are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments. Some Western governments advise against all 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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