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Vol 61 No 13

Published 25th June 2020


Frelimo’s belated cry for help

Regional security bodies have been criticised for not doing more about the Islamist insurgency but Maputo was reluctant to sound the alarm

The crash of a Bathawk microlight aircraft belonging to the Dyck Advisory Group private military contractor (PMC) in Mozambique on 15 June has thrown a spotlight on a topic Maputo and Pretoria would prefer to keep hidden – the status of this force in Cabo Delgado province. The aircraft, which can be armed and used in a ground-attack role, was operating against Islamist insurgents in the province when it suffered a technical failure and struck the ground, seriously injuring the pilot, a source close to DAG said. Reports that the pilot had died were incorrect, the source added.

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