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Vol 61 No 19

Published 24th September 2020


Surge of the insurgents

The government has done nothing to dislodge Islamist guerrillas who have held a coastal district capital for over five weeks

After attacking Mocímboa da Praia several times this year, the Islamist insurgents of northern Cabo Delgado took control of the coastal town, which is a port and the district capital, on 11 August with no attempt by the government to retake it. The insurgents fought a hard battle with Forças Armadas de Defesa de Moçambique (FADM) soldiers in the town of 30,000 over five days from 6 August before the government retreated after running out of ammunition. Casualty figures are not known.

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