Christians, mostly Roman Catholics, constitute 59% of Mozambique’s population; Muslims comprise 19%. However, the Islamic State (ISIS) has begun to step up operations in the country’s gas-rich northeast, where these attacks took place. 

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“At Least Eight Christians Killed by Islamists in Northern Mozambique,” Barnabas Fund, September 13, 2022:

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 September 6, terrorists from IS-affiliated organization 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 September 7, and four Christians killed along with 120 houses and two church buildings burned on September 8.

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