Incident Summary:

11/23/2018: Assailants, armed with machetes, attacked civilians in Chicuaia Velha, Nangade, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least 12 civilians were killed and several houses were set on fire in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado

Chicuaia Velha

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Nangade district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
Fire and machetes 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) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
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 12 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 12
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
"Suspected Militant Attack Kills 12 In North Mozambique," AFP (World Service), November 25, 2018.
"Open Source Enterprise Current Developments 1000 GMT 26 November 2018," Summary, November 26, 2018.
"12 People Killed By Al Shabaab Islamists In Mozambique In Northern Province Of Cabo Delgado,", November 26, 2018.