12 killed in attacks in Mozambique

Twelve people were killed late Monday in fresh attacks by suspected jihadists in northern Mozambique ahead of elections next month, officials said.

Ten people were murdered in the village of Mbau, in Mocimbao da Praia district, and half of the homes in the locality were burned down, along with the offices of the ruling Frelimo party, a local official said on Tuesday.

“They entered the village and came across a group of young people who were drinking alcohol. Many were killed,” the official, Assane Issa, told AFP.

“The villagers then fled into the forest.” Police then intervened, forcing the assailants out after a gun battle that finished at around 1 a.m., Issa said.

Source: National News Agency