Photo: A motorcycle burned by the unknown armed group at dawn on Wednesday

Mozambique: 13 killed, 3 young girls kidnapped in Cabo Delgado this week

By Arnaldo Cuamba

Photo: A motorcycle burned by the unknown armed group at dawn on Wednesday
Photo: A motorcycle burned by the unknown armed group at dawn on Wednesday

The province of Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambique, has been under attack since October 2017 by a group of unknown armed men who have killed hundreds of people and burned down several houses.

Just this week, in three days, four villages in northern Cabo Delgado were attacked.

At dawn on Tuesday, the group attacked the village of Pangane, district of Macomi, killing one man and a woman forced to follow up with the attacking group.

The next day, also at dawn, three men were killed and one woman injured, in another attack attributed to the group. The incursion took place in the Muangaza production area, administrative post of Olumbi, district of Palma, province of Cabo Delgado.

At dawn on Thursday they attacked the village of Ntoni, district of Macomia, where the armed group beheaded seven people, and three girls were abducted.

While on Wednesday night, another group attacked the village of Quiuia, administrative post of Quionga, district of Palma. In this incursion, two people were killed and many houses burned down.

The origins of the group, much less their motivations, are unknown. Despite its strength, the Mozambican state insists on minimizing the reality, saying that the situation is controlled, but it is not. They are daily reports on the deaths, including from the Defense and Security Forces.

Due the situation, the US government in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, expressed its readiness on Tuesday to help Mozambique combat unknown groups.

The Mozambican government, at least publicly, has not yet reacted to the demonstration.

 

 

 

 

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