Ten people were beheaded in a village in northern Mozambique, police said on Tuesday, as local sources blamed the attack on Islamists.
The pre-dawn attack on Sunday occurred in two small villages close to the border with Tanzania and not far from Palma, a small town gearing up to be the country’s new natural gas hub in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
“There are 10 citizens who have been hideously killed,” Inacio Dina, the national police spokesman told a news conference in Maputo, adding the attackers used machetes.
Two of those killed were boys aged 15 and 16 years who had set out in the early hours, “hunting mice to eat,” said the police. Villagers had earlier said the fatalities included children.
Without mentioning the group of the attackers by name, police’s Dina vowed that “we will hunt and find them and take them to the court as happened with others”, in apparent reference to attacks that occurred elsewhere in the same province in October.