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File photo: Mucojo, also in the Macomia district, was targeted in June this year
News emerged on Saturday that a village in the district of Macomia was attacked on Friday (07-09), while another in Mocímboa da Praia district was attacked the previous Wednesday
A group of gunmen set fire to the village of Ilala, in the administrative post of Mucojo, Macomia district, last Friday night, authorities told the Lusa news agency.
The unidentified group of about ten people walked into the village at about 9:00 p.m., and began dousing houses with petrol and setting fire to them, news agency Lusa announced. Dozens of houses were destroyed in the attack, which left few standing. The entire population fled and there were no casualties, according to residents.
The attack happened after another one, on Wednesday (05-09) at 10:00 p.m., this time targeting a health centre under construction in a village in the Malinde region, near the coast. There were no casualties or injuries, official sources told Lusa.
Multiple remote settlements in Cabo Delgado, 1,500 to 2,000 kilometres north of Maputo, have been attacked by unknown assailants since October 2017, causing dozens of deaths and the displacement of much larger numbers of people.
The groups attacking the villages have never claimed responsibility or stated their agenda, but investigators suggest that the violence could be linked to heroin, ivory, ruby and wood trafficking networks.
The attacks come as investments by natural gas oil companies in the region are rolling out, but have not as yet impinged on these projects.Source: Deutsche Welle