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At least 7 killed in machete attack in Mozambique, police say

At least 7 killed in machete attack in Mozambique, police say

<p><strong>Six men wielding machetes have killed at least seven people and injured four others in northern Mozambique near an area where Islamist attacks have been reported, police said on Tuesday.</strong></p> <p>The attack in Macomia, in Cabo Delgado province, on Monday came after at least 10 people were beheaded in a village near the northern town of Palma late last month.</p> <p>Mozambican media have reported a spate of attacks by Islamists since October, when police stations were attacked in the north, a predominantly Muslim region which lies near one of the world’s biggest untapped offshore gas fields.</p> <p>Mozambique has not been a focal point for Islamist militant activity in the past, and police have been reluctant to ascribe the attacks to Islamists.</p> <p>Police spokesman Inacio Dina told Reuters that authorities were pursuing the men suspected of committing the latest attack to “neutralise them”.</p> <p>Some residents of Macomia fled their homes following the violence, he added. </p> <p><strong><em>Reuters</em></strong></p>