Incident Summary:

09/20/2018: Assailants armed with firearms and bazookas attacked a military convoy in Pundanhar, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least five soldiers were killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique).

GTD ID:
201809200003

When:
2018-09-20

Country:
Mozambique

Region:
Sub-Saharan Africa

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado

City:
Pundanhar

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Mozambique Army
Specific Description Convoy
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Projectile (rockets, mortars, RPGs, etc.)
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
Bazookas and automatic firearms were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"12 killed as jihadists attack Mozambique village," Nigeria Punch, September 21, 2018.
"Mozambique: Last week's ambush killed five soldiers," Club of Mozambique, September 26, 2018.
"Mozambique militants kill 12 in northern region," Sapo MZ, September 21, 2018.