Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) Claim Killing Nine Christian Civilians In Series Of Attacks In Northern Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC), Burning Over 230 Christian Houses In Northern Mozambique

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May 8, 2024

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In recent days, the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) and the Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) have continued their attacks on Christian civilians. This report reviews the attacks.

Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP) Claims Killing Nine Christian Civilians In Series Of Attacks In The Democratic Republic Of The Congo (DRC)

On May 2, ISCAP claimed[1] that its operatives machine-gunned and killed an "unbeliever" Christian in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) Ituri province.

On May 7, the group claimed[2] that its operatives captured and beheaded an "unbeliever" Christian near Eringite, Ituri.

Another statement from the same day claimed[3] that on May 2, ISCAP operatives machine-gunned a vehicle transporting two "unbeliever" Christians near Eringite, killing them and burning the vehicle.

Further on May 7, ISCAP claimed[4] that its operatives machine-gunned "unbeliever" Christians near Boga, Ituri, killing five civilians and injuring others.

Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP) Claims Burning Over 230 Christian Houses In Northern Mozambique

On May 7, ISMP claimed[5] that on May 3, its operatives attacked the Christian village of Nacocha, in the Chiure district of Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province, capturing and beheading a civilian and setting fire to over 40 houses. Later that day, the group published[6] a photoset documenting the attack. The photos show ISMP operatives walking in the village, property in flames, and a beheaded corpse.

Another statement from the same day claimed[7] that on May 6, ISMP operatives attacked the village of Siripa, Chiure district, burning two churches, a Christian school, and about 190 houses.

Issue 441 of Islamic State (ISIS) weekly Al-Naba', published on May 2, reported that that week, ISCAP operatives killed 17 Christian civilians in DRC's North-Kivu and Ituri provinces.[8]

In recent years, ISIS affiliates in Africa, including the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), the Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), and the Islamic State Mozambique Province (ISMP), have seen an uptick in activity, frequently reporting attacks against Christian civilians involving killing, torturing, beheading, and the burning of property.[9]


[1] Telegram, May 2, 2024.

[2] Telegram, May 7, 2024.

[3] Telegram, May 7, 2024.

[4] Telegram, May 7, 2024.

[5] Telegram, May 7, 2024.

[6] Telegram, May 7, 2024.

[7] Telegram, May 7, 2024.


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