Suspected Islamists in northern Mozambique, killed 16 people in their deadliest attack since launching an insurgency in the remote region in 2017.
Islamist fighters have targeted remote communities in the gas-rich, Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado region since October 2017, killing more than 200 people and forcing thousands from their homes.
A Mitsubishi truck was ambushed as it was carrying passengers and goods on a dirt road in the coastal district of Macomia,
Confirmation of the fatalities only emerged on Friday.
Attackers threw home-made explosives into the truck and then opened fire.
“Eight people were killed in the vehicle and another seven people were found dead at the scene, a sign that they tried to flee,” a local teacher, whose colleague was killed, said.
Another victim died a day after the attack.