Resident walks through the streets of Macomia on June 11, 2018 in Macomia, Northern Mozambique. Cabo Delgado, a northern province expected to become the centre of a natural gas industry after several promising discoveries, has seen a string of assaults on security forces and civilians since October. / AFP PHOTO / Emidio JOSINE

Gunmen kill Four People in Mozambique

At least four people were killed in northern Mozambique on Sunday,  in an attack they attributed to Islamic extremists operating in the region for the last two years.

According to reports, the attackers staged the ambush on a lorry near the village of Mumu, in the province of Cabo Delgado, on Saturday, killing the driver and three passengers, leaving several others injured.

Resident walks through the streets of Macomia on June 11, 2018 in Macomia, Northern Mozambique.
Cabo Delgado, a northern province expected to become the centre of a natural gas industry after several promising discoveries, has seen a string of assaults on security forces and civilians since October. / AFP PHOTO / Emidio JOSINE

The authorities, who rarely make statements on the unrest in the north of the country, neither confirmed nor denied the attack.

The villagers confirmed a separate attack in the same region on Thursday, were 10 people were killed.

Since 2017 Cabo Delgado has suffered a wave of deadly attacks that has killed at least 300 civilians and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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The violence has been blamed on a jihadist organisation apparently intent on imposing Islamic Sharia law. The group is usually referred to Al-Shabaab, despite having no known link to the Somali jihadist group of the same name.

The government has deployed significant reinforcements to the province to counter the attacks, which have delayed the development of vast gas reserves discovered in 2010.

Source: AFP

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