Suspected ISIS-linked extremists beheaded a pastor, handed his severed head to his wife and forced her to carry the head to the police station in the southern African country of Mozambique, according to reports obtained by Persecondnews.com.
The extremists decapitated the pastor, a resident of Nova Zambezia area in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, last Wednesday, but the pastor’s name has not been disclosed.
Zimbabwe Daily also reported on the murder, saying the pastor’s wife told police that “suspected ISIS-linked insurgents intercepted the pastor in a field, decapitated him and then handed over his head to her and ordered her to inform the authorities.”
Last November, ISIS-linked militants beheaded over 50 people, including women and children, and abducted others in raids in the Miudumbe and Macomia districts of the Cabo Delgado province.
The day after the pastor’s murder, Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi claimed that the number of jihadist attacks had decreased this year after Rwanda and neighboring countries helped tackle the radical Islamic jihadist insurgency.
The Al-Shabab group in the majority-Christian country of Mozambique is not believed to have any connection with the deadly Somalia-based terror group with the same name.