Several people died after a minibus was ambushed along a main road in a northern Mozambique province beset by a jihadist insurgency, villagers said on Saturday.

A police officer in Macomia district, about 100km south of Antadora village, the scene the attack, confirmed the ambush which occurred on Friday, but gave no details of casualties.

“Police were called in to intervene but it was too late to help the victims,” said the policeman who asked not to be named.

“This is the first confirmed attack this year,” in restive Cabo Delgado province, he said.