Incident Summary:

11/06/2020: Assailants attacked Muatide, Muidumbe, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least 50 civilians were abducted, taken to a football field, and beheaded during the attack and occupation of the town and surrounding area, which lasted until November 8, 2020. In addition, several houses were set on fire during the attack. This was one of three related attacks in the area on this date. 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


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 Muatide Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 50
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
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?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
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 50 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 50
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
"IS militants behead more than 50 men and children on football pitch then scatter bodies,", November 10, 2020.
"ISIS-linked terrorists behead more than 50 people in Mozambique," New York Post, November 10, 2020.
"Mozambique: Cabo Ligado Weekly: 2-8 November," ReliefWeb, November 11, 2020.