ISIS extremists decapitate pastor before handing severed head to wife

A group of suspected ISIS-linked extremists have decapitated a Christian pastor before passing his severed head to his wife to show authorities in Mozambique.

The brutal killing, reported by local news stations, took place in the country's gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Last Wednesday, the man's widow carried a sack containing the head of her husband to the local police headquarters, according to the BBC.

She was ordered to inform the authorities of her husband's murder by the suspected Islamic State-linked insurgents, who reportedly found the pastor in a field, she told police.

The woman told officials that the attackers had kidnapped her husband from the farm before beheading him, Mail Online reports.

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi spoke on Thursday claiming that his country had witnessed fewer jihadist attacks this year than last.

The Cabo Delgado province has been a target for attacks by the Islamic State-linked militants since 2017.

There has been at least 3,340 deaths and displacement of over 800,000 people.

Dozens of innocent people were killed when Islamist insurgents raided the northern town of Palma in March this year.

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Briton Philip Mawer was killed in the attack.

But since July, over 3,100 African, European and US soldiers have been deployed to the northern province.

Despite attacks on civilians occurring on a weekly basis, Nyusi claims that these efforts have been partially successful.

"We were able to reduce terrorist attacks by three times," he said.

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In 2020 the country registered just over 160 attacks and that number had reduced to 52 in 2021, he said.

The President claimed it was achieved through "military cooperation" with Rwanda and the 16-nation Southern African Development Community of its neighbouring countries.

The recent operations have led to the capture of 245 suspected terrorists, according to Nyusi.

As well as the killing of 200 "terrorists" and 10 "terrorist leaders"

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