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One person was beheaded in a new attack by a group of suspected radical insurgents early on Tuesday in the Likobe area, not far from the village of Chai, in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province.
A local source told VOA that the victim is a civilian and has just been buried.
Another resident added that the victim was killed with machete blows, while working on the ‘machamba’ and that the body was discovered by neighbours.
The VOA sources added that the group of attackers, unidentified, “did not enter the village” and that no houses were burned.
Almost three weeks ago an attack by a group of insurgents left the village of Unidade, at the administrative post of Quiterajo, also in the district of Macomia, in ashes but without casualties.
The armed group entered the village firing gunshots on November 3, with shouts of “ala”[sic] and set fire to 45 houses, a mosque and a school. looting various food products in small informal shops, as well as taking animals.
The attack on Unidade village occurred two days after the arrival of food aid from the World Food Program (WFP) to assist the population.
A contingent of Defence and Security Forces has been strengthened in the region since October, when the intention to create bases by radical militants from Tanzania was made public.
Since the beginning of the attacks in October 2017, the Mozambican government has promised to eliminate the group, but a year later the attacks continue.
At least 90 people were killed and hundreds of houses burned by the attackers in the districts of Palma, Macomia, Mocímboa da Praia and Mueda.
The trial of about 200 people accused of involvement in the attacks, including Tanzanians, is currently underway in the city of Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado.
Locally the attackers are called ‘Al Shabab’, but the Somali Islamist group with this name has never claimed any association.Source: VOA Portugues
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