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Caught off guard in Macomia

The security forces should have anticipated this morning’s insurgent attack on the district capital

Today’s front pages in Maputo. Photo © Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

Good afternoon. Cabo Delgado province woke up this morning to the news that insurgents had started attacking the town of Macomia, capital of the district of the same name (see our blog post). Information about the attack remains limited, but it seems to have taken place on a large scale, with perhaps over a hundred people involved. At the time of writing, Mozambican forces were apparently resisting the insurgents, and may yet beat them back. All the same, there are reasons to think the attack could have been prevented.

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From the Zitamar Live Blog:

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💥Insurgents launched a dawn assault on Macomia town from multiple directions this morning, with fighting reported in the areas of Xinavane in the southwest, Bangala in the south, and Nanga in the east of the town. Initial reports suggest the insurgent force could be at least 100-strong. There have been no confirmed casualties so far but many civilians have fled to the woods.

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