3:56 CAT | 15 Jun 2022
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Joint forces of the Southern African Development Community and the Mozambican government killed an unspecified number of terrorists and wounded others in an offensive against armed groups in Cabo Delgado on June 9th.
“During the joint operation, terrorists were killed and others suffered severe injuries,” in a forest in Macomia district, reads a note from the SADC Military Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM).
During the offensive, one member of the joint force died and six were wounded but are now recovering.
The terrorists lost AK-47 assault rifles, ammunition and magazines.
Cabo Delgado province, in northern Mozambique, is rich in natural gas, but has been terrorized since 2017 by armed rebels, with some attacks claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.
According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), about 784,000 persons have been internally displaced by the conflict, which has killed about 4,000, according to the ACLED conflict registry project.
Since July 2021, an offensive by government troops, with the support of Rwandan and later Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops, has recovered a number of areas from rebel control, but their flight has led to new attacks in districts through which they have passed or taken up temporary refuge.
Source: Deutsche Welle