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According to media sources, at least 2 people were beheaded and several others kidnapped on 7 November during an attack by suspected Islamist fighters against the village of Nanjaba, in the Macomia district.

Several houses were also burned.

According to the same information, more than 50 people were similarly killed from 6 to 8 November following an attack by Islamist insurgents against the village of Muatide, in the district of Muidumbe.

The attackers reportedly captured fleeing villagers in the forest before executing them in the village’s football field.

We remind you that attacks, attributed to a local jihadist movement called “Al-Chabab”, are frequently carried out in the province of Cabo Delgado. They mainly target isolated villages and symbols of the State, such as police and administration stations. ISCAP has also claimed responsibility for several attacks against Mozambican forces in the region since June 2019 (see our previous alerts). According to the NGO Armed Conflict Location & Event Data group, Islamist groups have caused the deaths of at least 2,000 people and the displacement of more than 400,000 others since 2017.

Ongoing violence should not be ruled out.

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