March 31, 2021

IntelBrief: Islamic State Attack in Mozambique Demonstrates Growing Terror Threat

(AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • ISCAP’s attack on Mozambican citizens and foreign workers in Palma is reminiscent of the AQIM terrorist attack in In Amenas, Algeria in 2013.
  • Preparations to rescue workers from the Afungi site in Mozambique and protect civilians were inadequate or, at least, implemented ineffectively.
  • Washington and Paris have been monitoring Mozambique closely, and the recent attack increases the possibility of deeper external intervention.
  • ISIS’s official claim of ISCAP’s attack could indicate the two groups have reconnected after a period in which ISIS had not been claiming the group’s attacks.