Fifty people have been beheaded and beheaded. ISIL fighters have been carrying out the attack in the northern province of Cabo Delgado for the past few days.
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NEW DELHI: ISIL-linked militants have beheaded and wounded more than 50 people in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado over the past few days, state media reported on Monday.
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Witnesses told local media that the militants turned a football pitch in a village into a “death field” where they cut and mutilated corpses. The militants are affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, they are trying to enter South Africa.
The province of Cabo Delgado has been ravaged by insurgency for nearly three years, and the terrorist group is using poverty and unemployment as an opportunity to recruit young people who are confused by the national government’s neglect of the region. The gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is the Greatest”, in English), opened fire and vandalized houses. The state-owned Mozambique News Agency raided the village of Nanzaba on Friday night and issued a statement on the survivors.
The European Union’s ambassador to the South African country said on Friday that the European Union had accepted a proposal with Islamic State to help Mozambique prevent militant attacks by insurgents in the north of the country.
Rebel attacks in the province of Cabo Delgado have been rampant since 2017, but violence has escalated further this year. The militants briefly occupied key cities and hit military and other strategic targets. Mozambique has sought help to train the European Union’s armed forces in the fight against the insurgency, raising fears for South Africa’s stability and security.
In early April, when militants refused to join them, they shot and beheaded more than 50 young men. Human rights groups say government security forces have also committed widespread human rights abuses in the province in an attempt to quell the insurgency.