Despite the world facing the perils of the COVID-19 pandemic, violence in many countries in the African continent has not subsided.
The northern Mozambique has been terrorised by a shadowy militant group that is forcing villagers to get recruited to their ranks. Per the statement of the police, about 52 people in the village of Xitaxi of Muidumbe district were killed by the militant group on April 7 when they denied to get recruited.
The Police Spokesman, Orlando Mudumane, said, “Recently, the criminals tried to recruit young people to join their ranks, but there was resistance on the part of the youths. This provoked the anger of the criminals, who indiscriminately killed-cruelly and diabolically-52 young people”.
The motive of the militant group is to establish an Islamist caliphate in the gas-rich region of Mozambique. As part of their campaign, the extremist group has seized government buildings as well as towns and villages across Cabo Delgado province.
Per the report of the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLEDP), for more than two years the militants mainly targeted isolated villages, killing more than 900 people.