At least 12 villagers were killed late last Thursday during an attack by suspected jihadists in Mozambique’s northern village of Paqueue, in Cabo Delgado region, news agency AFP reports quoting a source.
“Ten people were shot by firearms and two burnt [to death] after 55 houses were charred. A person was beheaded after being shot dead,” the source is quoted as saying.
A health official Cabo Delgado region told AFP that an ambulance had been dispatched to “rescue the 14 wounded”.
A group of Islamist militants have been operating in the natural gas rich region and has conducted several attacks.
A recent study found that the jihadists came to Mozambique from the East African coast.
They were followers of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed (accused of supporting al-Shabab in Somalia).
After he was killed in 2012, they came under pressure and moved south.
They built a presence in Kibiti, Tanzania, and then crossed the Ruvuma River into Cabo Delgado by 2015.