Islamists behead 50 people on football pitch

The militant Islamists have turned a football pitch into an execution ground when they beheaded more than 50 people in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique.

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According to reports, the armed militants chopped up the bodies of victims and abducted women in a gruesome attack.

The bodies of dismembered victims were found scattered across a forest clearing after a football pitch was turned into an ‘execution ground’. 

 Ruins of a house with a bed still standing in it (AFP/M. Longari )
A village destroyed by Islamists in Cabo Delgado

Villagers were caught and killed as they tried to escape the violence while another group of militants set homes alight during the attack.

Years of insurgency

The beheadings are the latest in a series of gruesome attacks that the militants have carried out in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since 2017.

Up to 2,000 people have been killed and about 430,000 have been left homeless in the conflict in the mainly-Muslim province.

The militants are linked to the Islamic State (IS) group, giving it a foothold in southern Africa.

Some of the gunmen are said to have chanted ‘Allahu Akbar’ when they raided a village and abducted some of its women according to reports.

As many as 4,000 militants are thought to be fighting against Mozambique’s government and other groups as the Islamists try to establish a ‘caliphate’. 

In April, more than 50 people were beheaded or shot dead in an attack on a village in Cabo Delgado.

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