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Journalist arbitrarily detained incommunicado

AI-Index: AFR 4196742019

Amade Abubacar, a journalist at Nacedje community radio, was arrested on 5 January 2019, by the police in Macomia district, Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. The police confiscated his cell phone, handcuffed him and took him to Macomia’s Police Station. Amade Abubacar was arrested when he was interviewing internally displaced civilians who fled their homes due to the intensification of violent attacks in the northern Cabo Delgado. Amade Abubacar is being held in incommunicado detention, he has not been officially charged with any crime and has not been granted access to his lawyer.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Since October 2017, armed groups have killed civilians in the Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique. The attacks started in Mocimboa da Praia district (northern Cabo Delgado), involving members of an extremist group who launched coordinated and simultaneous attacks on government institutions including police headquarters.
The attacks escalated in the end of 2018. Between November and December 2018, more than 8 attacks happened in villages in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado province, including Nangade, Macomia and Palma resulting in 20 deaths and more than 100 houses burned.
The group’s political ideology is unknown and has not made any political demands.
The rebels invade villages, set houses on fire, hack villagers to death with machetes and loot their food. The residents of the villages changed their daily life for fear of attacks. Some do not sleep in their homes anymore and prefer to sleep on the beach. They avoid walking at night and some have fled to other districts.
For more information, please read the Amnesty International press release «Mozambique: End Brutal Killing Spree by Armed Group» (https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/06/mozambique-end-brutal-killing-spree-by-armed-group/ ).

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