Attacks by armed groups in northern Mozambique, where huge gas reserves are being developed, have killed at least 39 people and displaced more than 1,000 since May, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Violence first broke out in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado in October, with local residents reporting gangs armed with machetes attacking police stations, torching villages and executing religious leaders. The US embassy last week advised its citizens to leave the province after attacks increased in a region where Anadarko Petroleum is beginning to develop a $15bn liquefied natural gas project. Britain has also advised against travelling to the area. The group implicated is known locally as Al-Sunna wa Jama’a and Al-Shabab, although there are no known links to the Somali group of the same name or any other Islamist movement. Residents told Human Rights Watch attackers had burnt a mosque and beheaded an Islamic leader in a June 5 attack where hundreds of homes and dozens...

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