Incident Summary:

12/19/2018: Assailants attacked Shitoyo, Macomia, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least two people were beheaded and 70 residences were set on fire in the assault. No group claimed responsibility for the attack; however, sources attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado


Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Macomia district.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Shitoyo Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
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 2 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"Another Macomia Village Attacked," Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (English), December 24, 2018.
"Mozambique: Armed Men Attack Interior Village in Macomia; 103 Homes Destroyed, No Deaths Reported," Carta de Mocambique, December 24, 2018.
"Mozambique: Armed Men Attack Two Villages in Cabo Delgado, Four Killed 19 December," Mediafax, December 21, 2018.