Twelve killed in jihadist attacks in Mozambique

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Twelve killed in jihadist attacks

The so-called Islamic State group has recently claimed responsibility for several attacks, but this assertion is doubted by experts. Twelve people were killed late on Monday in fresh attacks by suspected jihadists in northern Mozambique ahead of elections next month, officials said.

Ten people were murdered in the village of Mbau, in Mocimbao da Praia district, and half of the homes in the locality were burned down, along with the offices of the ruling Frelimo party, a local official said on Tuesday.

“They entered the village and came across a group of young people who were drinking alcohol. Many were killed,” the official, Assane Issa, told AFP.

“The villagers then fled into the forest.” Police then intervened, forcing the assailants out after a gun battle that finished at around 1am, Issa said.

Twelve killed in jihadist attacks

Earlier on Monday, suspected jihadists attacked the village of Mindumbe, a few dozen kilometres (a couple of dozen miles) to the south.

“The rebels came across two men in their fields — they killed them and then decapitated them,” a villager told AFP.

Northern Mozambique has borne the brunt of a nearly two-year-old wave of attacks by a shadowy jihadist organisation, defying attempts by the government to secure the region. At least 300 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of people have fled their homes.

The so-called Islamic State group has recently claimed responsibility for several attacks, but this assertion is doubted by experts.

Presidential, legislative and provincial elections are due to take place on October 15. President Filipe Nyusi’s Frelimo party, which has been in power since 1975, is the front runner.

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Source: The Citizen

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