The authorities in Mozambique have promised to investigate a video showing people dressed in army uniforms beating and killing a naked woman in the restive gas-rich Cabo Delgado province.
The defense ministry condemned the footage as “horrifying” and vowed to “ascertain their authenticity”.
Rights groups have also condemned the killing.
Mozambique has been battling an Islamist militant group in the north for three years.
Its army has been accused of human rights abuses as it tries to put down the insurgency. The government denies the accusations.
The two-minute-long clip of the killing was shared by several rights groups on Monday.
In it a group of men wearing army uniforms surround a woman, one hits her in the head and body with a stick several times before others shoot. They can be heard saying in Portuguese “kill her on the side of the road”, Reuters news agency reports.
The men can also be heard shouting “you’re from al-Shabab”, the AFP news agency reports, referring to the jihadist group that has led a growing insurgency against the government since 2017.
VERY graphic video shows men in military uniform in Mozambique – apparently Cabo Delgado – chasing a naked woman, beating her with sticks and then killing her with several gunshots. pic.twitter.com/vAeuCGfXqL
— Zenaida Machado (@zenaidamz) September 14, 2020