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Further eight alleged extremists killed in northern Mozambique

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Eight members of an alleged Islamist group have been killed by the Mozambique’s Defense and Security Forces (FDS) in the district of Palma in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado, sources said Saturday.

The members are from the self-proclaimed Al-Shabab group, which has been launching sporadic attacks against police and civilians since last October, causing terror and displacement in several districts of Cabo Delgado.

“At the site where the eight members of the radical Islamist group were killed, an AK47 gun and machetes they used to behead people were found,” said one FDS member, requesting anonymity when asked by reporters.

According to the police source who was involved in the hunting mission, more information could be officially published within days.

“This group was thought to be in the riverside areas where they can have access to water for personal consumption and hygiene,” he said.



Mozambique to revise family law to curb early marriage

MAPUTO Mozambique (Xinhua) -- Mozambican parliament announced here on Monday that it is working to remove the specific article from the family law that allows girls to get married when they are 16 years old as long as their parents consent.

“Presently we are working on the alteration of the family law, in order to remove the article that says girls can get married when they are 16 years old as long as their parents consent.

Now we think that they can only marry after 18 years old,” the parliament spokeswoman Veronica Macamo told the press.

The decision follows the increase of the cases of early marriage in Mozambique, which has drawn frequent criticism and complaints from civil society saying that the article concerned is violating children’s rights.

The parliament also announced that it is discussing the future of girls who get pregnant while they are pupils.

“We had decided that a pregnant pupil should remain in the same classroom and continue studying in the same period, but there were comments from parents against it, and the pupils themselves were not comfortable, so we are currently discussing the alternative solutions,” added the spokeswoman.

Pregnancy at school has been linked to the dropout of girls and among the reasons behind early marriages, as many parents particularly in the rural areas of Mozambique tend to take their children to the alleged father of the baby.

Statistics show that Mozambique ranks the 11th in the world with the highest rate of early marriage. With more than 12.6 million children, Mozambique had half of its teenagers getting married before the age of 18.


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