Four people killed in Cabo Delgado by armed group

Militares num dos postos de controlo criados na província de Cabo Delgado, Moçambique, na sequência de ataques a povoações isoladas da região, 16 de junho de 2018. Os dez homicídios em Nangamede e Monjane, a 27 de maio, incluíram decapitações numa ação atribuída a um grupo de alegada raiz islâmica, o mesmo que, através de diferentes células, se suspeita estar por detrás dos outros ataques a aldeias remotas da província de Cabo Delgado que têm acontecido desde outubro de 2017 - após um cerco inicial de dois dias à vila de Mocímboa da Praia que resultou na invasão de postos de polícia e no homicídio de dois agentes. (ACOMPANHA TEXTO DE 22 DE JUNHO DE 2018). ANTÓNIO SILVA/LUSA

Four people have been killed in the district of Nangade, in Mozambique's northern Cabo Delgado province, local sources said on Friday.

Two victims, one of which is a teacher at a local school, were decapitated by an armed group when driving on a dirt track near the town of Mwangaza to participate in the start of the teaching year.

That same morning, a couple was decapitated when working in their vegetable garden in the same town, the same sources said.

Around 150 people have been killed since October 2017. The groups involved have never made any demands nor announced their intentions, but researchers suggest that violence is linked to networks involved in the trafficking of heroin, ivory, rubies and timber.

The attacks are taking place at a time when major investments are being made by companies in oil and natural gas fields in the region, although the attackers have not broached the area set aside for these enterprises.

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