Mozambique’s military has condemned the apparent execution of a naked woman by men wearing military uniforms, shown in video footage where she is beaten with a stick before being shot in the back as she tries to escape.
In the unverified footage, which aired on Monday, the group taunted the woman, referring to her as ‘al-Shabaab’ – a local term for an Islamic rebel group that has been the northernmost of the cabin delgado since 2017 Moving in the province. There is no known link to the Somali group of the same name.
One hit him with a stick on the head and body before shooting the others, and they say in the video, hit him on the side of the road.
In a statement released late on Monday, the army, engaged in a battle with rebels in the province, is also home to blockbuster gas projects being developed by oil majors overall, saying it was shocking images And was terrible, and above “most important”.
“The feds (defense and security forces) have reiterated that they do not agree with any barbaric act that confirms human rights violations,” asking for an investigation into the authenticity of the video.
The footage comes amid allegations of misconduct by government troops in Cabo Delgado. Following an increase in extremism, which captured a major port city in August, and reports and videos of security forces reacting, assault or other abuses have become increasingly common.
Last week, Amnesty International said it had verified videos showing prisoners molesting, torturing and other ill treatment, dissolution of alleged opposition fighters and possible extrajudicial executions.
The government dismissed the allegations, saying rebels routinely engaged soldiers in an attempt to confuse national and international public opinion.
Human Rights Watch researcher Zinaida Machado called for an investigation, saying that if the soldiers did so, it sowed mistrust in the population and reinforced the rebels’ statements.
“This is the worst case of betrayal,” he said, adding that fearful people should not flee the rebels, as they find themselves in danger so that they can keep them safe.
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