Mozambican forces eliminated 129 terrorists in the northern province of Cabo Delgado province over the past month, the country’s Minister of Interior said on April 28.
According to the minister, Amad Miquidade:
- On April 7, 39 terrorists were killed when they attempted to attack village in Cabo Delgado;
- On April 10, 59 terrorists were killed on Quirimba island;
- On April 11, 30 terrorists were killed after when they launched an attack in Ibo Island.
The minister said the operations against the militants were a response to the attack on the town of Xitaxi, in which 52 people were massacred. The attack is now being investigated by the authorities, according to the minister.
“We have identified where the enemy is located, where their bases are, their training camps and their movements … Meanwhile, the defense and security forces are strategically preparing for yet another offensive,” Miquidade said, according to Barron’s.
In the last few months, ISIS branch in Mozambique, the Islamic State in Central Africa Province (ISCAP), carried out a series of attacks in Cabo Delagdo. One of the group’s attacks even targeted the town of Mocimboa de Praia, which is located near a $60bn gas project.
ISCAP terrorists launched a new attack on April 28 afternoon, targeting the town of Muaja. The town’s buildings were burned by the terrorists. However, no casualties were reported.
Muaja’s attack confirms that the situation in Cabo Delagdo is still spinning out of control. The efforts being made by government forces are effective, but not sufficient to fully secure the gas-rich province.