Mozambique’s armed forces with the help of Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) forces have reclaimed nearly all areas that were seized by militants in Cabo Delgado province, President Filipe Nyusi on Tuesday announced.
Over 800,000 people have been displaced by the Cabo Delgado insurgency with billions of gas projects by multinationals in the region threatened.
Al-Shabaab, whom the US has designated as Islamic State affiliates is the group that has been terrorizing Mozambique since the first attack in October 2017.
President Nyusi, speaking during an event to celebrate the Day of Victory, marking 46 years since the Portuguese colonial army was expelled from the Southern African country said leaders of the terrorist group consists of nationals from Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, Rwanda and Kenya, who “recruit Mozambicans for their activities.”
The president said some locals are returning to their homes.