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An armed group has killed three people, including one by beheading, and seriously wounded a fourth during an attack on Thursday night in Manilha village, Mocímboa da Praia, northern Mozambique, local sources told Lusa on Thursday.
The sources said the group, which was armed with machetes, burned six houses during the raid.
The beheaded victim was a traditional village leader.
The attack was the first in Manilha, but a nearby village, Chitolo, had already been targeted by armed groups.
The village hit by the incursion of the armed group is located 20 kilometres from Mocímboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado Province.
Several districts in Cabo Delgado have been plagued by a wave of violence that began after an armed attack on police stations in Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017.
After Mocímboa da Praia, there have been dozens of attacks linked to the same group, always away from the asphalt.
The attacks have been carried out outside oil companies that will be exploring natural gas on the peninsula of Afungi in Palma district, and whose works are progressing normally.
At the end of last month, the Mozambican Public Prosecutor’s Office (PM) added five more names to the list of about 200 people on trial for their alleged involvement in the armed attacks in Cabo Delgado.Source: Lusa