Villagers rescued after being abducted by Islamists

Mozambique: villagers rescued after being abducted by Islamists

Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops rescued forty-seven people who had been kidnapped in northern Mozambique by Islamists.

There was no confrontation between SADC troops and the Islamic State-linked militants, because the five hostage-takers fled when they realised the presence of the regional force, reports say.

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The abductees hailed from the districts of Macomia and Mocímboa da Praia, in the gas-rich province Cabo Delgado province where a four-year insurgency has left thousands dead and forced at least 820,000 from their homes, BBC News reports.

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