AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Two jihadist attacks in two days in the north of the country

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Two jihadist attacks in two days in the north of the country
AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Two jihadist attacks in two days in the north of the country

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Two jihadist attacks in two days in the north of the country

Maputo (Agenzia Fides) – Jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State carried out two major attacks in two days in the province of Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique. The assault on Macomia (capital of the district of the same name) on May 10 (see Fides 10/5/2024) was followed on Sunday, May 12 by that against the village of Missufine, in the district of Ancuabe.
This latest attack began around 6 p.m. local time and lasted at least four hours, forcing the population to hastily flee the village.
In the meantime, the population of Macomia returned to the town, after the jihadists who had occupied it abandoned it.
In their assault on Macomia, the jihadists, at least a hundred of them, also attacked the local base of the South African contingent of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM), which is in withdrawing (see Fides 10/5/2024).
Most of the South African soldiers had already withdrawn to Pemba (provincial capital located 130 km southeast of the coast) with a view to repatriation in July.
A small contingent of South African soldiers remained on the Macomia base. Following the jihadist attack, the Johannesburg military quickly sent reinforcements from Pemba.
According to security sources, the jihadists attacked Macomia in four groups coming from different directions. A Source said a contingent of Rwandan defense forces based in Mocimboa da Praia, a coastal town northeast of Macomia, also tried to intervene, but was stopped by a strong contingent of rebels.
Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and the Ministry of National Defense also confirmed the Macomia attack, but appeared to credit the Mozambican army for repelling the attack.
Médecins Sans Frontières underlines that “six years after the start of the conflict in Cabo Delgado, people are still living in fear and the violence has not diminished. The conflict has displaced thousands of people in the province. Between February 8 and on March 3, nearly 6,000 people fled Macomia.”
The new attacks come as French energy giant TotalEnergies is exploring the possibility of restarting a $20 billion liquefied natural gas project in Cabo Delgado province. The project was suspended in 2021 due to instability caused by jihadists. (LM) (Agenzia Fides 13/5/2024)

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