Security has been strengthened in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado as polling stations opened today, Tuesday.

The troubled province has experience attacks staged by terrorists group, known as al-Shabab which has no known relationship with the Somalia-based terror group.

The group has been operating in Cabo Delgado province since October 2017. Its attacks have included beheadings, raiding of police stations and burning of houses which has left many villagers displaced.

The Regional Police command has called on villagers to increase surveillance in their neighbourhoods in order to prevent attacks.

Authorities told villagers not to be alarmed by the massive presence of the military and police. Political parties have also been warned against incitement to violence.

Meanwhile, some private companies have threatened to take action on employees who will fail to turn up to work on today despite the government declaring the day as a holiday.