Posted in: 20/10/2021 – 03:06
Mbuzini (South Africa) (AFP)
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa vowed Tuesday to hunt down jihadists who have been terrorizing for four years in the neighboring province of Cabo Delgado in northeastern Mozambique.
On the sidelines of the 35th anniversary of the death of Mozambique’s first president, Samora Machel, who died in 1986 when his plane crashed in a mountainous region in South Africa on the border between the two countries, Ramaphosa said, “I have a message for these rebels. We will hunt you down.”
“We will ensure that Mozambique becomes a country where you will not spread violence,” he added during the memorial ceremony, which was attended by his Mozambican counterpart Filipe Nyusi.
The sixteen member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) decided two weeks ago to extend its mission alongside the Mozambican army in the region, which was scheduled to end on October 15.
The latest attack by these regional forces against a rebel base killed 19 jihadists, including a local leader, according to SADC.
In early August, the port of Mocimboa da Praia was retaken from the jihadists who had held it for a year.
Armed jihadist groups have been spreading terror since the end of 2017 in the predominantly Muslim province of Cabo Delgado, rich in natural gas, but whose population is dominated by poverty.
The non-governmental organization ACLID says that the violence has killed more than 3,300 people, most of them civilians, while the United Nations confirms that more than 800,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.
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