27 June 2018

Mozambique: Two More Villages Attacked in Cabo Delgado

Photo: Premium Times
Militants (file photo).

Maputo — Terrorist groups, believed to be members of the Islamic fundamentalist organisation known locally as "Al Shabaab", have attacked two more villages in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, reports Wednesday's issue of the independent newssheet "Mediafax".

On Friday, the raiders murdered six people, five men and one woman, in the village of Lalane in Palma district. No further details of this attack are yet available.

On Monday morning, the village of Goludo, in the Mucojo administrative post, in Macomia district came under attack. There are no reports of any deaths, since the inhabitants of this village have taken to abandoning their homes at night and sleeping in the bush. The attackers burnt down several dozen houses.

The authorities have yet to comment on either of these attacks. Reporters would certainly have brought the matter up at the weekly press briefing given by the General Command of the police every Tuesday - but this Tuesday the briefing was abruptly cancelled, on the grounds that the police national spokesperson, Inacio Dina, was unavailable.

Rather than sending a replacement to speak to the reports, the police simply distributed a written statement of police activities over the previous week. This document did not mention the attacks in Cabo Delgado, but concentrated overwhelmingly on traffic accidents and motoring offences.

The number of deaths since the islamist insurgency began in October is now almost a hundred. Thousands of terrified villagers have fled into the district capitals, and many hundreds of homes are no more than scorched ruins.

More on This

Is Govt Downplaying Wave of Attacks?

Parties make clear deal still possible on elections Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2018 Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.