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Russian mercenaries are beheaded by ISIS-affiliated Islamists in Mozambique

Russian mercenaries are beheaded by ISIS-affiliated Islamists in Mozambique

  • Seven Russian mercenaries killed in two separate attacks in Mozambique
  • In an attack, four hunters were ambushed, shot and then beheaded by extremists
  • ISIS started attacking in June in the northern provinces of Mozambique
  • Russia has signed a deal with the Mozambique government to provide military aid in 2017, but has previously denied that it had troops in the country

Seven Russian mercenaries were murdered by ISIS-affiliated militants in Mozambique – including four who were shot and then beheaded.

The Russians, who fought for the shadowy state-affiliated Wagner Group, were killed in two separate attacks last month, according to sources in the Mozambique army.

Both attacks were ambushes in the northern Cabo Delgado state of Mozambique, where ISIS first announced its presence in June this year.

ISIS militants in Mozambique (file image) killed seven Russian mercenaries in two separate attacks last month, including four being ambushed, shot and then beheaded

ISIS militants in Mozambique (file image) killed seven Russian mercenaries in two separate attacks last month, including four being ambushed, shot and then beheaded

ISIS first claimed a presence in northern Mozambique in June when it said it killed several government forces and stole a cache of weapons (photo)

ISIS first claimed a presence in northern Mozambique in June when it said it killed several government forces and stole a cache of weapons (photo)

ISIS first claimed a presence in northern Mozambique in June when it said it killed several government forces and stole a cache of weapons (photo)

In the second attack, on October 27, Russian hunters attacked alongside troops from the Defense Forces of Mozambique (FADM).

A source told the Moscow Times that ISIS militants placed barricades over the road and then started shooting at the convoy.

Four Russian soldiers were shot on the spot and then beheaded according to the source, while a fifth was shot and wounded and later died in the hospital.

Mozambique media reports that 20 FADM troops were also killed in the same attack.

Another previously unreported attack took place on October 7 and saw two Russian mercenaries shot dead in the same province.

Again, the attack was the result of an ambush and included FADM troops, although it is unclear whether one of them was killed or how many were killed.

Since the signing of a pact in early January 2017, Russia has been supplying Mozambique with weapons and military equipment to assist in the fight against Islamist insurgents.

However, the deal did not provide for the supply of hunters, and on 8 October Moscow recently denied that troops were stationed in the country.

Russia has been providing military support to Mozambique since 2017 to combat local Islamist groups, but since October this year it has denied having troops in the country (photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Mozambique leader Jose Pacheco)

Russia has been providing military support to Mozambique since 2017 to combat local Islamist groups, but since October this year it has denied having troops in the country (photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Mozambique leader Jose Pacheco)

Russia has been providing military support to Mozambique since 2017 to combat local Islamist groups, but since October this year it has denied having troops in the country (photo, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Mozambique leader Jose Pacheco)

Wagner fighters are not technically Russian soldiers because they are employed by a private company and not by the state, but Yevgeny Prigozhin, the owner of the company, has close ties with Putin and Wagner is also known to recruit from the Russian GRU .

Until this year, they had fought largely against a local Islamic group called Ansar al Sunnah, which is trying to oust the government and replace an Islamic state.

The group is locally known as al-Shabaab, but has no ties with the Somali terror group of the same name and little-known ties with a group outside the country.

ISIS announced its presence in Mazmbique for the first time in June in a statement from the group of the province of Central Africa, which is also active in the DRC.

The media arm of the terror group said that & # 39; different & # 39; Mozambique soldiers were killed during the attack, while weapons and rockets & # 39; as loot & # 39; were seized.

Since then, it has been claiming a steady series of attacks, largely aimed at Christian settlements and military bases in the north of the country, near the border with Tanzania.

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