Written by Angella Semu

Soldiers from the Mozambican army on patrol amid rising Islamist attacks

At least 52 villagers have been beheaded by Islamist group terrorising northern Mozambique after they refused to be recruited to their ranks.

Police spokesperson, Orlando Mudumane confirmed this with the state-owned broadcasting station on Tuesday night.

According to Mudumane, the victims were massacred by either shot dead or beheaded after they expressed some resistance to the ranks of the guerrillas in the village of Xitaxi in of Muidumbe district.

A report by The Guardian revealed that the Islamist insurgents have in recent weeks raid attacks in the gas-rich region as part of a campaign to establish an Islamist caliphate, seizing government buildings, blocking roads and briefly hoisting their black-and-white jihadist flag over towns and villages across Cabo Delgado province

The group is locally known as Al-Shabaab and it has been staging attacks in the province in recent years. It has also executed more than 900 people and forced several others from their homes.

Meanwhile, police have launched manhunt to bring the Islamist insurgents to justice

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