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Islamist terrorists on Friday night attacked Nanjaba village, about 16 kilometres from Macomia town, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, reports Monday’s issue of the independent newssheet “Mediafax”.
Sources in Macomia, who received some of the villagers fleeing from the terrorists, said the bandits reached Nanjaba at about 22.00. They fired into the air, shouting “God is great!”, and then started burning down the houses.
One of the paper’s sources, Faque Adimo, who lives in Macomia town, said his mother arrived from Nanjaba on Sunday morning. “She said they burnt down everything, including the local crèches. There’s nothing left in Nanjaba”.
The “Mediafax” sources said the jihadists beheaded two people and kidnapped six women. Although the village is not far from the district capital, there was no apparent reaction from the considerable contingent of the defence and security forces stationed in Macomia town.
That same night, the terrorists, returning to their camp in the coastal area, attacked Napala village, where they burnt down huts and murdered three people. This was the second time the bandits had attacked Napala.
As for the district of Muidumbe, people who have fled from the terrorist incursion that began on 1 November, say the islamists are still occupying several villages. The “Pinnacle News” portal says they have turned a football field in Muatide village into an execution ground.
People fleeing from the village but caught by the terrorists are taken to the football field, where they are beheaded and chopped into pieces. By Friday about 50 people had been beheaded in Muatide.
Meanwhile, Mozambican Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho do Rosario went to Tanzania last week to attend the inauguration of President John Magufuli, elected for a second five year term of office.
Rosario held a meeting with Magufuli. Details of what the two men discussed are sparse, although afterwards Rosario told reporters they had reviewed the cooperation between the two countries, “including the complex question of terrorism”.
Tanzania has not shown much sympathy for Mozambicans fleeing from terrorist attacks. Some two weeks ago it expelled about 1,000 Mozambican refugees. They were dumped across the border in Negomano, in Mueda district.
Health teams have gone there, to assess the condition of those repatriated from Tanzania, and particularly whether any of them have been infected with the coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 respiratory disease. So far eight of the deported Mozambicans have tested positive for the coronavirus.