UN warns of Isis threat
People are fleeing a surge of attacks in northern Mozambique where witnesses have described beheadings, mass kidnappings and villages burned to the ground, the UN has noted. A report on the News24 site notes that it said armed groups have stepped up assaults in Cabo Delgado Province, where a rebellion by a group that espouses its brand of Islam as an antidote to what it describes as a corrupt ruling elite, has killed hundreds since it started in 2017. ‘They speak of men in particular being targeted and beheaded, and many, many reports of women and children ... being kidnapped or simply disappearing,’ said UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic. Northern Mozambique is also home to one of the world's biggest recent gas finds, where Exxon Mobil Corp, Total and other companies have set up operations.