39 Killed, 1,000 Displaced by New Islamist Group Terrorizing Mozambique

(World Watch Monitor) In Mozambique, details have emerged of the recent attacks carried out by a new Islamist militant group, Al-Sunna wa Jama’a, in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

The group carried out its first attacks in October 2017, targeting police stations in the coastal town of Moćimboa da Praia. Since then, a number of other attacks, including several beheadings, have raised alarms over the emergence of a new jihadist movement in the southern half of Africa – a section of the continent previously relatively untroubled by violent Islamist extremism.

Survivors contacted by Human Rights Watch revealed the scale of the violence, which has claimed 39 lives and displaced more than 1,000 since May.

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