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Published On: Sun, Oct 7th, 2018

Nearly 100 killed in one year of Islamist-linked terrorism in northern Mozambique

About 100 people have been killed and 70 others injured since a new Islamist rebel group launched attacks on villages and government installations in the Cabo Delgado region of northern Mozambique in October last year, police have revealed.

Regional commander of the Republic of Mozambique Police (RMP) Bernadino Rafael said more than 1 600 homes have been destroyed and 189 militants arrested in army and police counter-insurgency operations.

The trial of suspected militants begin this week in the capital Maputo with Somalis, Tanzanians, Burundian and DR Congolese citizens among the defendants.

Apart from attacking government forces and terrorising the public, the militants have not made known any political demands or revealed their leadership. Although there are no links with the Somali terrorist group, locals refer to Mozambique’s new Islamic militant group as al-Shabaab.

Conflict analysts believe the armed militant group in Cabo Delgado has no political objectives but only seeks to foment lawlessness and public panic to create an atmosphere conducive to the plunder of resources like include ivory, timber and of late, rubies and other rare minerals.

photo/Islamic State flag

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- I am a Zimbabwean journalist with 18 years experience working in print broadcast and online media. From Gaborone in Botswana, I cover the African continent for South African-media organisations Defence Web and Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism. I am also a correspondent for African Aerospace (UK), the Botswana Gazette and The Zimbabwe Standard.

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