Insurgents launched an attack in the Quirimbas Archipelago, off the coast of Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, on the morning of Friday, April 10. Dressed in civilian clothes, the terrorists took small boats from the mainland to the island the previous evening, and attacked a primary school, health center, the residence of the head of the Quirimba administrative post, and a number of homes, according to the independent outlet Carta de Moçambique. Sixty people taken hostage were later released. This latest attack comes just a day after insurgents targeted a Catholic mission in Muidumbe District on the mainland.
These attacks continue a trend of escalating violence from the shadowy Islamist group, which burst onto the scene in October 2017. It has now disseminated a video declaring its intentions to establish a caliphate and implement strict Islamic law, without bothering to cover their faces. Analysis of the people in the video suggest they are from the Mocímboa da Praia port town, which is where the insurgents launched their first attack. Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) claimed responsibility for that attack.