In the nearly two-minute video, men wearing military uniforms appear to be chasing a naked woman, around and verbally harassing her on a rural street. One of the men repeatedly beats him with a stick before another man shoots him close.
He is then repeatedly shot by men lying on the road before one of the men shouts “Stop, stop, enough.”
It has no known link to a Somali terrorist group of the same name. The uniformed man looks directly into the camera and raises his two fingers before the recording stops.
“The horrifying video is yet another gruesome example of gross human rights violations in Cabo Delgado by Mozambique forces,” said Ampesty International’s former and Southern Africa director, Dipros Muena.
In their analysis of the video, the human rights group says the men were wearing uniforms from the Mozambique army. Amnesty says four different gunmen shot the woman a total of 36 times with an AK-47 and a PKM-style machine gun. Its investigation concluded that the incident occurred near Avasse in the country’s northernmost province of Cabo Delgado.
“This incident is consistent with our recent findings of human rights violations and confession of crimes under international law happening in the region,” Muchena said.
CNN could not independently film the authenticity, date and location of the video, nor the identity of the gunman.
Mozambique’s Interior Minister Amade Myikade denied the allegations of the atrocities, although not specifically addressing the video on Tuesday on national television, saying rebels often wear army uniforms.
“When they want to produce their propaganda against the security and defense forces against the Mozambique state, they remove the signs / characters that identify them and foster an image of atrocity by the people who protect them. Make videos for giving, ”he said.
Cabo Delgado is home to a $ 60 billion natural gas development, heavily protected by Mozambique military and private security.
Loose alliances with ISIS, rebels have carried out increasingly sophisticated attacks in recent months, which in August overrides a large section of Mokimba de Priya, a strategic port north of the regional capital Pemba. Unlike previous attacks, government forces have struggled to recapture the area completely.
The rebels have been accused by the government and human rights groups of their own violent abuses – including the killing of civilians, looting and indiscriminate murders.
And the interior minister on Tuesday highlighted those alleged abuses.
“Once more, the object of aggression by terrorists continues in our country, namely in Cabo Delgado Province, where they have committed cruel, inhumane, atrocities against our population,” Miccade said.
Security analysts and human rights activists say rebels operating in the region sometimes wear Mozambique military uniforms. But in the video showing the woman’s murder, uniformed men speak Portuguese, which is generally more common for Mozambicans in the south.
CNN’s David McKenzie and Brent Swales reported from Johannesburg and Vasco Kotovio from London.