Incident Summary:

10/14/2020: Assailants attacked military personnel responding to an earlier attack on a village near Kitaya, Mtwara, Tanzania. The outcome of the attack is unknown. This was one of three attacks in the area on this date. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Kitaya

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unknown
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity Tanzania People’s Defense Force (TPDF)
Specific Description Security Forces
Nationality of Target Tanzania
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) No
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Insurgency/Guerilla Action
Additional Information This incident is part of a set of coordinated attacks in which both military and non-military entities were targeted.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Central Africa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
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
"Cabo Delgado terrorists attack Tanzania - AIM report," Club of Mozambique, October 20, 2020.
"About 200 Mozambique insurgents carry out attack in Tanzania," BBC Monitoring, October 16, 2020.
"Tanzania border village attack 'leaves 20 dead' - BBC," Club of Mozambique, October 16, 2020.