Militants Islamists beheaded more than 50 people [photo: BBC]
Nov, 10th 2020 – More than 50 people have been beheaded in northern Mozambique by militant Islamists. The militants turned a football pitch in a village into an “execution ground”, where they executed and chopped bodies.
According to state media, several people have been beheaded in another village as hundreds of people have been forced to flee their homes during the three year uprising.
The beheadings are the latest in a series of horrific attacks that the militants have carried out in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017.
State media reported that many people have also been beaten up in another village. The militants are associated with the Islamic State (IS) group that allows it to gain a foothold in Southern Africa.
The group has exploited poverty and unemployment to recruit youths in its fight to establish Islamic rule in the region leaving more than 2000 people dead and around 430,000 people homeless.
According to BBC’s correspondent from the capital Maputo, Joe Tembe, the latest attack is the worst carried out by militants so far. many people have been shocked by the incident and they are calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
Survivors say that on Friday, the gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar” meaning God is greatest. They fired shots and set homes on fire when they raided Nanjaba village, the state owned Mozambique News Agency. The news agency reported that two people were beheaded in the village with several women getting abducted.
A privately run Pinnachal news said that those who tried to flee were caught and taken to the local football pitch where they were beaten.
Mozambique government has appealed for international help to curb extremism saying that its troops needed special training. Human rights group has also noted that Mozambican security forces have also violated human rights, including torture, arbitrary arrests and killings during operations to curb insurgency.