Tanzanian and Mozambican police have agreed to work together after 12 people were killed close to the border by suspected militants who had crossed over from Mozambique.

Speaking alongside his Mozambican counterpart at the border, Tanzania’s police chief, Simon Sirro said that those who go against the law will be dealt with.

Earlier, the police had said that on Wednesday the Tanzanians from near the city of Mtwara had gone to their farms on the border.

They were attacked with guns by a group wearing military fatigues coming across from Mozambique and  then crossed back.

Over the past 18 months, northern Mozambique has seen several violent attacks blamed on Islamist militants.