ISIS releases photographic documentation of attacks in Mozambique

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On June 4, 2022, the Islamic State (ISIS) Mozambique Province released a series of photographs that document the aftermath of a series of attacks carried out by its operatives in late May 2022 against what it describes as ” villages of unbelieving Christians” in Cabo Province of Delgado in northeastern Mozambique.[1] The dates of the attacks and the names of the villages are not provided with the photographs. However, according to previous reports by ISIS, it appears that the targeted attacks are those that were carried out against six Christian villages between May 23 and May 31, 2022, during which, according to ISIS, eight people were killed, including at least four Christian civilians.

Six decapitated bodies are depicted in the photographs, along with burning Christian homes and seized property.

Also, ISIS number 341 Al-Naba’ weekly magazine, published on June 2, 2022,[2] includes a report on three attacks carried out by ISIS on May 29 and 30, 2022, against three Christian villages in the Meluco area of ​​Cabo Delgado. According to this report, residents’ homes and belongings were burned during the attacks, but no information is provided on the extent of the damage caused to the residents themselves.

On May 23 and 24, 2022, ISIS claimed responsibility for attacks on three villages in Cabo Delgado, in which eight people were killed. The same information is provided on two posters published by the pro-ISIS Al-Murhafat Foundation on June 4, 2022,[3] which summarize the organization’s attacks on Christian villages in the province of Cabo Delgado in late May and early June.

Meanwhile, as of this writing at the start of the second week of June, attacks on Christians in Mozambique continue, and on June 5, ISIS reported that its operatives had attacked another Christian village. in the province of Cabo Delgado, killing a Christian and burning down dozens of houses.

These attacks are part of an apparent escalation of ISIS activities in Mozambique[4] over the past two weeks. They follow the organization’s declaration of May 9, 2022 that Mozambique is an independent province of ISIS,[5] while he had previously designated it as part of what ISIS calls the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), which includes the Democratic Republic of Congo.

[1] Telegram, June 4, 2022.

[2] Telegram, June 3, 2022.

[3] Telegram, June 4, 2022.

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