Mozambique: 3 attacks by radicalized Muslim youth leave 1 dead, 3 injured

AFP, April 25, 2018. (Archive link)

Three new attacks, allegedly by radicalised Muslim youth in northern Mozambique, have left one dead and three injured in recent days, sources told AFP Wednesday.

A spate of violence has erupted in the region since October when an apparent jihadist assault targeted a police station and military post, leaving two officers and 14 attackers dead.

In that attack, dozens of armed men, known locally as “al-Shabaab” – Arabic for “youth” though with no confirmed link to the Somali jihadist group of the same name – were involved.

The latest assaults, on Saturday and Sunday, targeted two villages near the towns of Mocimboa da Praia and Palma, not far from the border with Tanzania, said sources on condition of anonymity.

Police are not allowed to speak to the press, but the attacks and toll were confirmed by local residents who said small farms were targeted….