Suspected jihadists kill 7 in north Mozambique

Suspected jihadists have killed seven men and abducted four women in northern Mozambique in the latest violence to hit the Cabo Delgado region, local sources said Friday.

The bodies, which were cut into pieces, were left in Piqueue village, a local traditional leader told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"People were surprised while sleeping in the forest," he said, indicating that the residents had fled the village for fear of being attacked.

The attackers also kidnapped four women, he said.

Mozambican police declined to comment, but a local army commander confirmed the attack.

"We urge people to stay in villages where they have protection from the police and the military," he said.

Since October 2017, nearly 200 civilians, troops and police have died in a wave of violence in Cabo Delgado, a gas-rich northern region which borders Tanzania, with President Filipe Nyusi sending in troops to "neutralise" the Islamist threat.

Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

This week, several hundred military personnel from 15 countries including the United States, Canada, Kenya and Madagascar completed a training exercise off the northern coast of Mozambique.

An annual maritime exercise, "Cutlass Express" aims to improve coordination against the drug smuggling, human trafficking and illegal fishing that allegedly funds extremists in East Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Bryan Hunt, deputy chief at the US embassy in Maputo, said the United States was ready to assist in quelling the Islamists.

"We are available and would like to help Mozambique fighting insurgent groups," Hunt said this week.

"We already have several programmes in the maritime field and we would like to increase the level of cooperation between the two countries."

The violence in northern Mozambique has raised concern among US energy firms seeking to drill major gas deposits off the coast.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1143 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 6391 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1345 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.20
+1.1%
Rand - Pound
21.20
+1.1%
Rand - Euro
18.75
+0.8%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.17
+0.9%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.6%
Platinum
1,002.53
-1.0%
Palladium
1,676.59
+1.8%
Gold
1,928.65
+0.0%
Silver
23.61
-0.5%
Brent Crude
85.46
+1.1%
Top 40
73,723
+0.4%
All Share
79,817
+0.4%
Resource 10
75,130
-0.9%
Industrial 25
102,508
+0.2%
Financial 15
16,555
+2.5%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE