AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Food stores looted during an assault in Macomia

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Food stores looted during an assault in Macomia
AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Food stores looted during an assault in Macomia

AFRICA/MOZAMBIQUE – Food stores looted during an assault in Macomia

Maputo (Agenzia Fides) – New details have emerged on the assault on Macomia, capital of the district of the same name in the province of Cabo Delgado, in the north of Mozambique (see Fides 10/5/2024).
Economic life was resuming in Macomia after the operations of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Military Mission (SAMIM), the Rwandan contingent and the Mozambican army appeared to have regained control of the province.
Indeed, while Tanzania strengthened its defense and its control of movements beyond its borders, while the Rwandans provided security in Mocímboa da Praia and Palma, and while the Mozambican army operated in other regions, the jihadists turned their attention to districts recovering from the wave of destruction and looting of the past six years.
In Macomia these days, agricultural products flocked to be sold in the town’s important market. Additionally, the city is home to major facilities and warehouses of several international humanitarian organizations operating in the region. During the May 10 assault, jihadists took food items from private stores and the World Food Program (WFP) warehouse, which were then loaded into at least 10 vehicles stolen from humanitarian organizations.
The assault was preceded by the infiltration of jihadist elements among the local population and displaced people, which facilitated the task of the commando of more than 100 men who stormed the town around 4:30 a.m. According to residents of the city, the jihadists had precise information on the disposition of the security forces obtained, according to them, not only by infiltrators, but perhaps also by corrupt elements among the military. The soldiers suffered significant losses, at least 18 soldiers.
The jihadists seem to have had a peaceful approach towards civilians. On the one hand by allowing them to participate in the looting and on the other hand by organizing a rally during which they claimed not to be angry with them but only with the soldiers and even apologized for the damage caused.
Around 1 p.m., the commandos withdrew from Macomia, taking with them the loot of food intended for the Mucojo area, still in the hands of the rebels, and some hostages taken among the workers of certain NGOs. (LM) (Agenzia Fides 15/5/2024)

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