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Mozambique says army killed 9 militants in restive north

Maputo: Mozambican soldiers killed nine “evildoers” in the volatile north ahead of general elections next week, the government has said, in the first ever official confirmation of an attack on militants.
Suspected Islamists have conducted a slew of attacks on remote villages in Mozambique’s gas-rich, Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado province since October 2017. More than 300 people have been killed and sometimes beheaded, prompting President Filipe Nyusi to promise a crackdown on the assailants.
Security forces have been patrolling the region since the start of the attacks. “Security forces (engaged in)... a fight against evildoers that resulted in the slaughter of nine of them,” on Saturday, the defence ministry said in a statement. Sources at the scene said army troops descended at night on a militant base in the forests around the village of Mitope, around 400 kilometres (248 miles) from the provincial capital Pemba. (AFP)