Incident Summary:

12/07/2020: Assailants raided Mute, Palma, Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Security forces responded to the attack and at least one soldier was killed, and two soldiers were injured in the ensuing clash, which ended on December 8, 2020. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to Muslim extremists.




Sub-Saharan Africa

region/u.s. state:

Cabo Delgado


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Mute Village
Specific Description Village
Nationality of Target Mozambique
Additional Information
Hostages No
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
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
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Mozambique: Two transport vehicles looted, burnt out by rebels close to gas megaproject - LUSA," Club of Mozambique, December 9, 2020.
"BBCM Africa Watchlist for 9 December," African media, December 9, 2020.
"Jihadists attack village near Mozambique gas project," MSN Philippines, December 8, 2020.