Mozambique: Cabo Delgado’s Islamist insurgency reaches new level of intensity

Issue 436 - 15 Apr 2021 - By Marc Howard

 The Islamist uprising in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province reached a new level of intensity when hundreds of militants attacked Palma on 24 March; the insurgents occupied the town for over a week. The Mozambique Armed Defense Forces (FADM) said on 4 April it had retaken control, but the state’s inability to protect its citizens and its largest foreign investor was plain to see as the jihadists carried out a swift, complex attack in which all its security forces were either killed or deserted.

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