Incident Summary:

05/28/2020: Assailants attacked Macomia town, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least 97 people, including 78 assailants, were killed in the ensuing clash and occupation of the town, which lasted until March 30. The Central Africa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident. Sources also attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique).




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
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 Macomia Town
Specific Description Town
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
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
Firearms Unknown Gun 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
Central Africa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 90
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 97 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 97
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 78
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"At Least 17 Killed in Macomia Attack," Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (English), June 2, 2020.
"TERRORISTS ATTACK MACOMIA TOWN," Mozambique News Agency (English), May 29, 2020.
"Mozambique: CrisisInSight Weekly Picks, 11 June 2020," ReliefWeb, June 11, 2020.