At least eight Christians have been killed by Islamic State (IS)-affiliated terrorists in attacks across northern Mozambique in September. Six were killed in three attacks in three days in Nampula Province.

On 6 September terrorists from IS-affiliated organisation Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama, known locally as Al Shabaab (not the Somali-based group of the same name), killed one Christian by shooting her in the head.

In separate statements Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for two further attacks in Nampula, saying that one Christian was killed and a church building burned on 7 September, and four Christians killed along with 120 houses and two church buildings burned on 8 September.

The Islamist group also reported the killing of two other Christians in separate attacks further north in Cabo Delgado Province.

Al Shabaab has been highly active in Cabo Delgado since 2017, subjecting both Christians and moderate Muslims to a campaign of terror.

Violent attacks now seem to be increasing in Nampula, where in June 2022 a believer was beheaded in an Al Shabaab raid on a Christian village.

Barnabas Fund