Imminent Threat in Palma, Mozambique

  • U.S. Embassy Maputo, Mozambique issued a warning of imminent attacks over the next several days in Palma, Cabo Delgado Province
  • American citizens were urged to leave the area and those with travel plans to the area were urged to postpone that travel
  • Those staying were urged to avoid travel in Palma, specifically to government buildings and retail establishments

Why It Matters: Al-Shabab and Ansar al-Sunna militants have beheaded or hacked to death at least 17 people in the past 10 days.  With increasing frequency of these events and the possibility of attacks in Palma, we are seeing an escalation of violent Islamic extremism in Mozambique, which has continued to spread to the south from Somalia and Kenya.