“A group of suspected Islamist militants have been arrested in northern Mozambique.
Police believe the 24 men – all Mozambican nationals – are part of a group which has been terrorising the northern district of Mocimboa da Praia, close to the border with Tanzania.
It is not known why the group has started operating in the area: there is some suggestion it may be linked to its proximty to areas where American and Italian companies are prospecting for gas and oil.
Local police spokesman Augusto Guta said he believed the men might be reinforcements for the group.
However, they deny any involvement.
Mr Guta said:
They claimed to be travelling to Mocimboa da Praia for fishing purposes. But, we think they were going there to reinforce the group of armed Islamist Insurgents, who have been there to create disorder.””