'Stop brutal killing spree by armed group,' Mozambique told

2018-06-08 10:00


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Mozambican authorities must take immediate steps to end a killing spree in the Cabo Delgado Province where at least 37 people have been brutally killed by a group known as al-Shabaab in the past two weeks, Amnesty International has said.

Cabo Delgado, a northern province expected to become the centre of a natural gas industry after several promising discoveries, has seen a string of assaults on security forces and civilians since October.

Amnesty International said that an increasing number of people were fleeing their homes in fear of the group, which has no link to the Somalian armed group of the same name.

The latest attack took place on Wednesday night in Nomaculo village in Quissanga district. Witnesses said that at least 10 people were hacked to death and an unspecified number of houses were burned.

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"The village is now empty as residents have fled their homes to seek safety. A village attacked on 5 June, Naunde Village in the south of Macomia district, is also reported to be empty," said Amnesty International.

Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southern Africa Deprose Muchena lamented the killings, describing them as "gruesome".

"The gruesome ways in which these killings are carried out shows this group’s intent to sow fear among civilians. The Mozambican authorities must take immediate and effective action to end the killings including by reinforcing security measures to protect the lives of villagers in the region, and carrying out investigations into all the recent attacks with the aim of bringing suspected perpetrators to account," Muchena said.

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