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An armed group killed one person and seriously injured another on Tuesday night in the village of Nacutuco, close to Mucojo, Macomia district. a remote area of northern Mozambique, residents told Lusa.
The group fired gunshots and used machetes to attack the village at 8:30 p.m. yesterday, plundering several goods and setting fire to 14 stalls [‘barracas’].
The description of the attack is similar to those seen in a bout of attacks a year ago in the region, in a wave of violence in remote locations of Cabo Delgado that, after a period of relative calm, has seen a revival this month.
Six men were found dead in the middle of the woods in the Nangade district near the border with Tanzania on 12 November, after they had gone out to hunt, and their bodies showed signs of a machete attack.
On 22 November an armed group killed nine people and burned down houses in a village in the same Nangade district.
The authorities, although they have been contacted, have not provided information on the situation.
In the last 12 months, according to official figures, about 100 people have died, including residents, alleged attackers and members of the security forces.
The wave of violence in Cabo Delgado (2,000 kilometres north of Maputo, in the far north of Mozambique, near the border with Tanzania) came to attention following an armed attack on police stations in Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017.
At the time, two officers were killed by a group from a local mosque that preached insurgency against the state and whose habits led to friction with residents for a period of at least two years.
After the Mocímboa da Praia attack, the attacks have always occurred in very remote areas far from paved roads and outside the locations of factories and other oil company facilities to explore natural gas, in the Afungi peninsulain the district of Palma.Source: Lusa