Nov. 11 (UPI) — The United Nations on Wednesday condemned stories of massacres by non-state armed teams in villages in northern Mozambique.

U.N. Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres was “shocked” by the stories together with the beheading and kidnapping of ladies and kids in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province and condemned the “wanton brutality,” spokesman Stephan Dujarric stated.

“The secretary-general urges the nation’s authorities to conduct an investigation into these incidents and to carry these accountable to account. He calls on all events to the battle to abide by their obligations beneath worldwide humanitarian and human rights legislation,” Dujarric stated.

A witness to the assaults instructed CNN that insurgents lower off victims’ heads and left them in ditches on the aspect of the street.

Mozambican police introduced to state media that greater than 50 folks had been gathered on a soccer discipline on the town the place they had been beheaded.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa of neighboring Zimbabwe additionally condemned the assaults on Twitter.

“I’m deeply shocked by current stories of terrorist exercise in Mozambique. These acts of barbarity have to be stamped out each time they’re discovered,” he wrote.