Twelve villagers were killed and 14 injured in an attack by suspected jihadists on a village in a gas-rich region of northern Mozambique, a local source told AFP on Friday.
Since October, government’s plans to exploit the country’s gas reserves have been thrown into doubt by an explosion of bloodthirsty assaults in the region where the industry planned to locate its hub.
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“Ten people were shot (dead) by firearms and two burnt (to death),” the source said of the violence which took place late Thursday in Paqueue village which lies close to the Quirimbas tourist archipelago.
One of the shooting victims had also been beheaded and the attackers had burnt 55 houses, the source said.
Medics said another 14 people were wounded in the attack.
In a separate incident further north, gunmen attacked a military convoy near the Tanzanian border on Thursday night, killing a senior army officer, a police source said.
“The attackers wore military uniforms and had large-calibre firearms,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
More than 40 people have been killed in brazen machete and gun assaults on unarmed villagers in the coastal region.
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