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Unknown individuals have been terrifying residents in the capital of Niassa province, Lichinga, with machetes.
Rádio Moçambique reports that the groups consist of 12 to 15 people, who break down the doors of homes at night and attack the owners with machetes, axes, spears and knives.
After incapacitating their victims, the gangs steal everything they can find. Money, motorcycles, televisions and plasma screens, telephones, computers, CD players and food are their favoured loot.
Spokesman for the provincial government, Alves Mathe, acknowledges the seriousness of the situation but adds that the corporation has reinforced patrolling in recent days to deal with the incursions.
He added that, as a result of this reinforcement, the police had neutralised three 15-strong groups of ‘machete men’ and recovered twelve machetes and various other weapons.
“It is an identified phenomenon, and I can say with all certainty that operations are underway and having positive effects. We want, once again, to urge the population to cooperate with police, reporting all dubious people and behaviour they know about, ” he said.Source: Rádio Moçambique