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Cabo Delgado: President Vows “Stronger Measures” in Face of New Wave of Attacks

Cabo Delgado: President Vows “Stronger Measures” in Face of New Wave of Attacks

This Friday, 1 March, the Mozambican President, Filipe Nyusi, promised “more forceful measures” to deal with the new wave of attacks in the south of Cabo Delgado province, in the north of the country.

“We are working on more forceful measures that will be taken to overcome this situation,” declared Filipe Nyusi, during a meeting with Mozambican students in Algeria, as part of his visit to the country.

At issue is a new wave of attacks that has forced 67,321 people to flee their homelands, incursions justified by the Mozambican Executive as the result of “small groups of terrorists” leaving their barracks (…) in the direction of southern Cabo Delgado, after a period of relative stability.

“The situation had calmed down a lot and the populations were already returning to the villages that had previously been occupied by the terrorists and that were recovered. But now, in recent weeks, there has been a tendency for small groups to attack some villages and go down to the southern districts,” emphasised Filipe Nyusi, quoted by Lusa.

The people fleeing are mainly residents of Mazeze, Chiúre-Velho, Mahipa, Alaca, Nacoja B and Nacussa, mostly in the interior of Chiùre, where thousands of people are leaving their villages, travelling kilometres along National Road 1.

Cabo Delgado province has been facing an armed insurgency for six years, with some attacks claimed by the extremist group Islamic State.

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The insurgency has led to a military response since July 2021, with support from Rwanda and SADC, liberating districts near gas projects, but new waves of attacks have emerged in the south of the region and in neighbouring Nampula province.

The conflict has already displaced a million people, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and caused around 4,000 deaths, according to the ACLED conflict registration project.

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