An armed group attacked and killed seven people on Sunday in Northern Mozambique, reports O Pais newspaper.

The newspaper goes on to say that the attackers opened fire on the pick-up truck in Nangade which forced it to stop. They then reportedly beheaded the driver and killed the six passengers with machetes.

The attack occurred in Cabo Delgado, an area that has seen an increase in Islamist extremism.

Human rights observer Zenaida Machado suggests in a tweet that the targeting of civilians illustrates the militants are changing their tactics.