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More than 50 Mozambican civilians were beheaded, several of them dismembered, in a new terrorist attack in the province of Cabo Delgado.

A new course in horror has been crossed. Several media, including the Portuguese-speaking site Media Platform, the Mozambican bulletin Media Fax or the British channel BBC reported this Tuesday, November 10 that “over 50 Mozambicans beheaded by terrorists in Cabo Delgado”. The facts, which date from last week, were reported on Friday, November 7 by the Mozambican news site Pinnacle News.

According to local information collected, “radical Islamist militants”Affiliated with Daesh, which has been rife in this gas-rich province since 2017, attacked the district of Muidumbe with cries of“ Allah Akbar ”to drive out the population, before obtaining supplies, burning houses and fleeing .

The captured civilians were taken to a nearby soccer field, where they were beheaded and, for some, dismembered. Most were teenagers who had just been circumcised, after having participated in a male initiation ceremony.

A bloody first foray into Tanzania

Pinnacle News advances the number of 51 victims after this new barbaric assault. Mediafax, for his part, adds that it is “difficult to get precise information”Due to the sabotage of telephone networks by terrorists. In an interview at the German wave, the German international broadcasting service, Luiz Fernando Lisboa, the bishop of Pemba, the regional capital of the province of Cabo Delgado, confirms that ”there were decapitations, but it is impossible to define the number of victims”.

Last month, 300 of these “Islamist militants”Had freed themselves from their zone of influence of Cabo Delgado to go and carry out their first major attack in the south of Tanzania, in the city of Kitaya, reported on October 19 the newspaper Letter from Mozambique. More than 20 civilians and soldiers had been beheaded. The attack was claimed by the Central African branch of the Islamic State group (Iscap).

Vincent Barros

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