Mozambique Islamic State affiliates reach Nampula

Extremists affiliated with the Islamic State group have reached Mozambique’s most populous province, Nampula, and spread attacks further south, including an assault on a Catholic mission killing an Italian nun.

According to reports, the jihadi rebels shot Sister Maria de Coppi, and burned the church, health center, and residential quarters.

“The population is disoriented and suffers a lot because they live in uncertainty and do not know what to do. Many are fleeing but do not know where to go,” said the Archbishop of Nampula, Inacio Saure.

The extremists attacked Nampula earlier this month, attacking rural centers and beheading some residents.

Last week, the Islamic State Mozambique Province group claimed responsibility for burning two churches and more than 120 homes of Christians in Nampula province.

Reports said the extremists succeeded in entering Nampula despite the presence of a 16-nation Southern Africa Development Community group, along with troops from Rwanda, in support of the Mozambican military.

Authorities reported an estimated 4,000 deaths and 950 displaced people over the years as the insurgency focused on Mozambique’s northernmost Cabo Delgado province.

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