Suspected militants beheaded over a dozen men and teenagers participating in a male initiation ceremony in northern Mozambique, local sources said on Wednesday, in the latest violent incident in the country’s insurgency-hit northeast. The AFP news agency reports that Islamist militants operating in the area had attacked several nearby villages over the weekend, looting and burning down homes before retreating into surrounding thicket where the dismembered bodies of at least five adults and 15 boys were found on Monday. Mozambican authorities have not yet commented on the deaths, and provincial police did not respond to multiple telephone calls from the news agency.
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