Amnesty seeks probe into Mozambique woman's execution

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Amnesty International is calling for an independent probe into the brutal execution of a naked woman in Mozambique.

JOHANNESBURG - Rights watchdog Amnesty International called for an independent probe into the killing of a naked pregnant woman by men in military uniform in Mozambique's restive north, an atrocity the government blamed on jihadist rebels.

Video footage emerged this week showing men in army uniform beating a woman they accused of being an insurgent and then pumping bullets into her.

The Amnesty call came as the government in Maputo blamed the killing on militants who have waged a violent insurgency in the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province for the past three years.

"The authorities in Mozambique must immediately launch an independent and impartial investigation into the extrajudicial killing of a defenceless naked woman," Amnesty said.

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The government vowed to investigate the video killing. 

But Interior Minister Amade Miquidade said the killers were jihadists dressed in uniforms "identical" to that of government troops.

"The video showing atrocities against a pregnant woman is propaganda by terrorists," he said in a audio statement. 

"The video was made by terrorists confuse the public and it is not the first time that this has happened," he said.

The video first circulated on social media on Monday but was first shared privately on mobile phones on September 7, the day it is suspected to have been taken, according to Amnesty.

It showed what appears to be government troops shouting and marching behind a woman stripped of her clothing before beating and shooting her 36 times.

Amnesty said the footage was yet "another gruesome example of the gross human rights violations and merciless killings taking place in Cabo Delgado by the Mozambican security forces."