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The Islamic State group (IS) has said it killed four Christians, including an Italian nun, in an attack in Mozambique’s northern Nampula province on Tuesday. It issued the claim the following day via its accounts on the messaging app Telegram, in the name of its so-called Mozambique Province branch.


Mainstream media outlets reported on Wednesday that an 83-year-old Italian nun, identified as Sister Maria De Coppi, was shot dead by militants who raided the village of Chipene in Memba district where a Christian missionary is based.


Several people were reportedly beheaded in the attack.

In its claim, IS said it killed the nun because she had “excessively engaged in spreading Christianity”.