Thousands Fled Their Homes as Islamists Behead Over 50 Civilians in Mozambique

Thousands Fled Their Homes as Islamists Behead Over 50 Civilians in Mozambique

Islamist militants have beheaded more than 50 people in a football ground in a village in northern Mozambique, according to local media reports.

The attack was carried out by an Isis-linked group in the village of Muatide in conflict-ridden Cabo Delgado province, and spanned several days.

A Mozambique news agency said the attackers set fire to several villages and gathered together people they had captured from nearby forests on a single football pitch, where the victims were then decapitated and their bodies chopped to pieces, while women from the villages were abducted.

The gas-rich northern Mozambique region has witnessed several brutal attacks involving killings by the Isis-affiliated local group known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo, or simply al-Shabaab locally, though they have no relation to the better-known Somali group

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