Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has called on people to collaborate with the security forces after a series of deadly attacks carried out by a jihadist group known locally as al-Shabab.
Visiting the affected areas of Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique, Mr Nyusi called for vigilance and discouraged people from joining the insurgents.
Addressing one of several mass rallies he said:
“We are doing all we can to resolve the insecurity problem affecting people in Cabo Delgado. This call goes, particularly to the youth, living with us here. I urge you to be calm, vigilant and supportive to the defence and security Forces, who are working to solve the problem.”
The attacks began last October after Islamist militants had headed south from the Kenyan coast, where they had been coming under pressure from the authorities.
In remote villages of northern Mozambique people have been beheaded with machetes and homes burnt to the ground.