Dozens survive deadly shipwreck off Mozambique coast

MAPUTO, June 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Twelve people were reported to have died, including several children, when a boat sank in the bay of Pemba off northern Mozambique.

Thirty-five people survived after swimming ashore on Wednesday.

But they were then apprehended by the police on suspicion that they could be recruits to a militant group that has been mounting attacks in Cabo Delgado province.

A new report by the UN says displacement of Mozambique’s civilian population has risen rapidly in recent months as the militants have stepped up their attacks.

More than 200,000 people – most of them women and children – have been forced to flee their homes since the insurgency began in 2017.

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