On 5 October, 2017, a new political actor appeared on the Mozambican stage when some thirty armed men occupied the town of Mocímboa da Praia, killing two policemen in a day-long gun battle. Reports soon emerged that the men were members of an Islamist group that recent research suggests goes by the name Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ (ASWJ). Since the initial Mocímboa raid, ASWJ has gone on to sow terror throughout northern Mozambique, carrying out shocking attacks and driving many from their homes. Zitamar News’ interactive map and timeline of ASWJ attacks, updated each weekday, shows the spread of the insurgency and the scale of casualties it causes.
Larger attack markers indicate greater number of victims. Mouse over the markers for details of of the attacks.
Bars represents fatalities in a week. Bar sections represent individual attacks–mouse over to see specific date of each attack. Double-click legend items to see only attacks from that district.
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