Insurgents in northern Mozambique killed at least five people in several attacks launched near the Nangade district headquarters yesterday, while President Filipe Nyusi was in the district visiting security forces.
On 16 June, locals reported insurgents killed four people in the fields around a village called Lissuolo. They then occupied the village of Ngangolo on the Nangade-Mueda road, just under 20km south of Nangade district headquarters, killing at least one person on a farm and capturing six more.
One local source also told Zitamar that insurgents blocked the Nangade-Mueda road and attacked at least one car, but no other details of the incident have been reported.
These attacks coincided with a visit by President Nyusi to Nangade district to inspect the troops of the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). The day before, Nyusi met with senior officers of SAMIM, the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces (FDS) and the Rwandan Defence Force (RDF) in Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province. He also visited the districts of Ancuabe, Macomia, Mueda and Muidumbe.
Local sources reported that Tanzanian and Lesotho troops, representing SAMIM in Nangade, seemed to do little in response to the attacks and much of the population is frustrated with their lack of action.
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