President Filipe Nyusi urged Islamist militants in Mozambique’s far north to give themselves in saying they had nowhere to run after southern African forces pushed them out of the territory they had been occupying.
“We wanted to invite them not to wait for death … this is not the intention of the defense and security forces,” Nyusi said. “Surrender yourself … because you have nowhere to go … You are running from one forest to another being endlessly chased.”
Nyusi’s comments to commemorate Peace and National Reconciliation Day came a day after regional southern African forces said they had killed a senior Islamist militant leader along with 18 other fighters in an offensive on September 25.
Awadhi Ndanjile, a religious leader instrumental in recruiting and indoctrinating members of the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ), was killed on a militants base in the Nangade district of Cabo Delgado, the statement from the Southern Africa Development Community’s mission in Mozambique said, using one of the names given to the country’s militants.
According to security forces, insurgent bases have also been destroyed.