One dead in insurgent raid on Palma neighbourhood


A neighbourhood in the town of Palma in northern Mozambique was the target of an attack on Thursday, 16 May, which left more than 40 houses burned and at least one person killed, according to multiple sources.

The ‘bairro’ of Bagala on the north side of the town, which is a hub for the two early-stage Rovuma Basin LNG projects, was set alight around 19:00 on Thursday evening by unknown attackers.

Police and military stationed less than 3 kilometres from the bairro, did not arrive on the scene until 7:00 on Friday morning, a local source told Zitamar News.

The attackers carried firearms and shot at villagers, the local source said, but most managed to flee. One elderly man was killed, and another survived being shot.

The source said 48 houses were burned. The neighbourhood school, built in colonial times, survived, but the school office and school materials were also burned.

A group known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamâ (ASWJ) has been terrorising Cabo Delgado province since an attack on the town of Mocimboa da Praia in October 2017. See below for Zitamar‘s map of fatal attacks carried out by the group to date.

Interactive map of attack locations

Larger attack markers indicate greater number of victims. Mouse over the markers for details of of the attacks.
Click here for a timeline of the attacks.

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