Maputo, Mozambique – Local sources have said that ten people including children were beheaded in a village in northern Mozambique in a weekend attack blamed on suspected Islamists.
According to the locals, the attack occurred in Monjane, a village not far from Palma, it is a small town that gearing up to be the country’s new natural gas hub in the northern Cabo Delgado province.
David Machimbuko, Palma’s administrator told AFP, “We were informed about this tragedy,” he said the information was also confirmed by a local resident, who blamed Islamists.
Mozambique’s media, particularly the state broadcaster reported on “10 persons decapitated” in the Palma area.
Since last October, Cabo Delgado has seen a number of attacks by suspected radical Islamists.
A victim of the weekend’s attack was a leader of Monjane village, a local resident confirmed without giving his name for fear of being abused.
He told AFP, “They targeted the chief as he had been providing information to the police about the location of al-Shabaab in forests.”
He was referring to an armed group believed responsible for a deadly October attack on a police station and military post in the town of Mocimboa da Praia.
The attack killed two officers and 14 attackers were killed in what was believed to be the first jihadist attack on the country.
Authorities do not know the group and they have no known link to the Somali jihadist group of the same name.
Weeks after the attack at least 300 Muslims were arrested and several mosques forced to close.