Maputo, 18 October, 2021 / 9:10 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic peace and charity foundation, Denis Hurley Peace Institute (DHPI), which is researching the evolution of violence in Mozambique has reported about extra-judicial killings of people suspected to be insurgents in the Southern African country.
In a report shared with ACI Africa, DHPI Director Johan Viljoen highlights a recent attack in Muidumbe, a district in Cabo Delgado by a suspected pro-government militia which, according to the Catholic peace foundation, has been accused of killing people on mere suspicion that they are insurgents.
“Militia loyal to the government have claimed victory in the capturing and killing of four young men suspected to be insurgents,” Mr. Viljoen says in the October 15 report.
He adds, “The attack, on 7 October 2021, in Muatide, Muidumbe District, was precipitated by a tip-off received from another young person, which led the militia to be suspicious of the four and further detain them.”
Mr. Viljoen says that upon their detainment, the militia claimed they found Mozambican military uniforms in their bags, and deciding that was enough proof of guilt, unceremoniously executed them.