Maputo: Suspected Islamists attacked a string of police stations in a small town in northern Mozambique killing two policemen but 14 of the gunmen were slain, police said on Saturday.
Police have been slow in releasing details of the attacks which occurred on Thursday and Friday in Mocimboa de Praia. “We recorded 14 deaths and several bandits were wounded,” police spokesman Inacio Dina told AFP.
Police said the attacks were coordinated. Local media said three police stations in the sleepy town, 80 kilometres (50 miles) from natural gas fields, were targeted.
Police have so far arrested 10 other gunmen, recovered four firearms and more than 100 rounds of ammunition. “The motive of the attacks is still unknown but in the past police arrested some religious leaders of Islamic extremist sects,” police said.