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SADC to convene Extraordinary Double Troika Summit to deliberate on measures to address terrorism in Mozambique 6th April, 2021, Gaborone, Botswana - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will on Thursday, 8th April 2021, convene an Extraordinary Double Troika Summit, in Maputo, Mozambique, to deliberate on measures to address terrorism in the Republic of Mozambique. SADC is deeply concerned about the continued terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado, especially for the lives and welfare of the residents who continue to suffer from the atrocious, brutal and indiscriminate assaults. Reacting to the recent terrorist attacks on the town of Palma, in Mozambique, H.E. President Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi, of the Republic of Botswana, and Chairperson of the Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Cooperation said, “that the attacks in Mozambique were an affront to peace and security, not only in Mozambique, but also in the region and the international community as a whole.
The insurgency in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, began in 2017 and intensified in 2020. Islamist rebels carried out massacres in April and November. From 5–11 August, rebels reportedly associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captured the city of Mocímboa da Praia during an offensive. The Islamic State's Central Africa Province (IS-CAP) declared Mocímboa da Praia its capital, and held it into 2021. By early March 2021, the rebels had begun to besiege the town of Palma. The rebels beheaded civilians from nearby villages, as well as people who were trying to flee the town. On 7 March, the rebels took the border post at Nonje at the border with Tanzania on the Ruvuma River, isolating Palma from the rest of Mozambique. The civilians who remained in Palma faced starvation. ACLED analyst Jasmine Opperman argued that an assault on Palma was expected, and that security experts had warned foreign embassies and the Mozambican government that the militants were planning an attack, only to be ignored. Opperman later tweeted "Why in God's name was no action taken in response to early warning intelligence. It's a disgrace"
Maybe the People's Republic of China should be called in to sort it out. After all they have a great reputation of nipping Islamic insurgency in the bud.
A dark shadow has stealthily crept over the dream-holiday destination of Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique over the last three years. An estimated 1,500 people have been killed and 200,000 displaced in skirmishes between security forces, civilians and the Islamist militant group Ansar al-Sunna. Carte Blanche investigates whether the insurgency marks the Islamic State gaining a foothold in Southern Africa, or whether it’s just local discontent exploited for extremist propaganda.