Incident Summary:

10/31/2020: Assailants attacked Muambula, Muidumbe district, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. The assailants also occupied and damaged a radio station during the attack. At least one person was killed and an unknown number of people were taken hostage. The outcome of the abduction is unknown. This was one of six attacks in this area on this date. The Central Africa Province of the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the incident.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Muidumbe district.

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: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity St. Francis of Assisi Community Radio Station
Specific Description Radio Station
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Unknown
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Central Africa Province of the Islamic State Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
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
"Mozambique: journalists fleeing terrorists reach safety - AIM report," Club of Mozambique, November 20, 2020.
"Mozambique attacks: Community Radio journalists have been hiding in ...," Club of Mozambique, November 10, 2020.
"Mozambique: Cabo Ligado Weekly: 26 October - 1 November 2020," ReliefWeb, November 4, 2020.