LONDON, 2 March 2021 – Mozambique’s army, private military contractors and jihadist militants in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado have committed war crimes, Amnesty International has alleged.

“All three have committed war crimes, causing the deaths of hundreds of civilians,” Amnesty International’s regional director for east and southern Africa, Deprose Muchena said Tuesday.

Armed Conflict in Cabo Delgado - Photo Open Democracy

Armed Conflict in Cabo Delgado – Photo Open Democracy

Mozambicans Fleeing Beheadings by Jihadists - Photo Deutsche Welle

Mozambicans Fleeing Beheadings by Jihadists – Photo Deutsche Welle

“The international community has failed to address this crisis as it has escalated into full-blown armed conflict over the last three years,” he added.

The London-based rights group call on all parties in the armed conflict in the province to immediately stop targeting civilians.

Cabo Delgado Road Sign - Photo AllAfrica.com

Cabo Delgado Road Sign – Photo AllAfrica.com

Amnesty International also called on the Mozambican government to investigate the abuses.

Several videos posted on social media have documented abuses allegedly perpetrated by suspected jihadist militatns, by military contractors and by Mozambican soldiers.

The insurgency in Cabo Delgado has been in place since October 2017.

More than 2,300 people have been killed in the fighting and over 600,000 people jhave been forced to flee their homes.

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