Insurgents killed a woman and looted a newly opened health centre on Monday night in an attack on the village of Ntoli, in Nangade district in northern Cabo Delgado.
Insurgents entered the village, 35km south of the district headquarters, at around 11pm and began raiding homes and the health centre for supplies and medicine. A six-month expansion of the health centre had only just been completed, with nurses moving into the new facilities on the day of the attack, according to a local source. The health centre was vandalised in the attack, the source said.
One woman was shot and killed and homes were set on fire, a security consultant reported. Sources also claimed that insurgents stole everything from the food stalls in the market.
Government security forces and the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) have recently launched several counter-insurgency operations in Nangade, attacking insurgent camps at N'gong'o lagoon on 4 October and Nkonga on 6 October. Local reports suggest insurgent groups have moved into the forested Messalo river basin in Macomia districts under pressure from these operations.