Mozambique military force retakes key port from militants

Written by on August 9, 2021

Rwandan and Mozambican troops have retaken a key port city from Islamist militants in northern Mozambique, the Rwandan military says.

It says Mocímboa da Praia was the rebels’ last stronghold. It is located in Cabo Delgado province, home to one of Africa’s biggest gas fields.

The insurgents have not yet commented.

Last month, Rwanda sent 1,000 soldiers to Mozambique to fight the militants, who launched an insurgency in 2017.

More than 3,000 people have been killed and 820,000 displaced during the conflict.

The Mozambican armed force have been struggling to regain control of the province.

Force spokesman Col Ronald Rwivanga later told newsmen the port “was the last stronghold of the insurgents, marking the end of the first phase of counter-insurgency. operations”.

Source: BBC

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