At least six Mozambicans beheaded, Italian nun shot dead by insurgents


Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi speaks during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Pemba, Mozambique. September 25, 2021.REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

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MAPUTO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – At least six people were beheaded and an Italian nun killed on Tuesday by Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Nampula province, authorities said on Wednesday.

Speaking in the resort town of Xai Xai, north of the capital Maputo, President Filipe Nyusi said insurgents had unleashed a series of killings as they fled soldiers from Mozambique, Rwanda and the Community of Development Region (SADC) sent to combat the violence.

The insurgency is centered in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province and has claimed thousands of lives since it erupted in 2017, disrupting multibillion-dollar natural gas projects. Read more

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“On September 6, as a result of terrorist attacks, six citizens were beheaded, 3 kidnapped, six terrorists were captured and dozens of houses burned down in Erati and Memba districts, Nampula province,” Nyusi said.

According to media reports, confirmed by the Nampula provincial secretary of state, Mety Gondola, an 83-year-old Italian nun, who lived in the town of Nacala, was shot dead in an attack on Tuesday evening, while two others missionaries managed to escape.

Gondola did not give further details of the attack but said the situation was concerning.

Portuguese news agency Lusa said the nun, who was shot in the head, belonged to the order of Comboni Missionary Sisters and had worked in Mozambique since 1963.

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Reporting by Manuel Mucari Writing by Anait Miridzhanian Editing by James Macharia Chege, Alexandra Hudson

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