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Rwanda: Mozambican, Rwandan Troops Overrun Major Insurgents Base in Cabo Delgado

Mozambican and Rwandan troops have overrun one of the main bases of the Islamic States-linked terrorist organisation operating in Cabo Delgado, the northernmost province of Mozambique, according to reports.

Reports indicate that the base, captured on Monday, July 26, is in the region of Auasse, on the border between Mocimboa da Praia and Mueda districts.

This comes after Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, in his address to the nation on Sunday noted that Mozambican defence forces had seized terrorist positions at Diaca, Roma and Nantili.

Mozambican and Rwandan units are still pursuing the terrorists. The Mozambican leader noted that the country’s military is gaining ground against the now retreating insurgency in Cabo Delgado.

Rwandan troops have come to save lives

Among others, Nyusi expressed his gratitude to African countries, especially Rwanda, for sending troops to help fight insurgents in Cabo Delgado. He lauded soldiers already deployed by Rwanda as regional allies in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) also prepared to deploy there.

Nyusi said: “Rwandan troops have come to save lives in a province where we have people being killed and beheaded every day.”

His remarks come two weeks after Kigali, at the request of Maputo, deployed 1,000 troops to Cabo Delgado to help fight the terrorists, stabilise the area and restore the authority of the state.

Rwandan troops were sent to work closely with Mozambique Armed Defence Forces (FADM) and forces from SADC, in the fight against terrorism in Cabo Delgado. Rwandan and Mozambican forces have already moved into offensive and defensive positions in some areas of Cabo Delgado and even engaged and repulsed the insurgents, according to reports.

Early last week, reports from Mozambique indicated that a joint operation of Rwandan troops and Mozambique forces launched an attack on insurgents in Mocímboa da Praia.

Rwandan forces are reported to have deployed to the town of Nangade in Nangade district, west of the coastal region of Palma and other areas ready to take the battle to the insurgents.

Details remain scant but media reports last week also indicated that a small contingent of the South African forces and those from Botswana arrived in Cabo Delgado as part of the larger expected SADC force. According to reports, the SADC advance team was not expected to be immediately involved in direct combat operations against the terrorists.

Last month, the 16-member SADC agreed to send troops to the insurgent-hit Cabo Delgado province. A SADC Standby Force was initially meant to deploy there on July 15.