Incident Summary:

11/00/2020: Sometime between November 5, 2020 and November 6, 2020, assailants attacked Nanjaba, Macomia, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. At least two civilians were beheaded and eight women were abducted in the attack. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. 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


Location Details:
The incident occurred in Macomia district.

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 Nanjaba Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 8
US Hostages 0
Outcome Combination
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
Ansar al-Sunna (Mozambique) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 2
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
"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.
"Mozambique: Terrorists attack village in Macomia - AIM report," Club of Mozambique, November 9, 2020.