Incident Summary:

02/07/2019: Assailants attacked civilians in Piqueue, near Quiterajo, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least seven civilians were beheaded and three civilians were abducted in the assault. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. 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


Location Details:
The incident occurred near Quiterajo.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
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 Yes
Number of Hostages 10
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
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
Additional Information Hostage numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here. Seven of the hostages were killed on 7 February 2019. The whereabouts of the other victims are unknown.
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 7 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"TERRORISTS KILL SEVEN IN CABO DELGADO," Mozambique News Agency (English), February 8, 2019.
"7 beheaded, 3 young girls kidnapped in northern Mozambique," Xinhua News Agency, February 8, 2019.
"Terrorism Digest 7-8 Feb 19," BBC Monitoring, February 8, 2019.