‘Jihadists kill 12’ in Mozambique village

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.

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