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Security forces still on the backfoot

The insurgent rampage through Cabo Delgado province may be winding down but the government has not yet won back the initiative

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

Good afternoon. The insurgency’s offensive in Cabo Delgado province may be returning north but it has not lost momentum yet. As Zitamar reports below, at least four Mozambicans were killed in attacks in Ibo and Ancuabe districts over the weekend, while insurgents entered the residential quarters of Quissanga town — one of the province’s district capitals — seemingly unopposed. Pictures and video taken by residents show heavily armed fighters pacing leisurely along Quissanga’s streets, the security forces nowhere to be found.

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The latest from Zitamar News:

At least three killed in clashes as insurgents move north to Quissanga and Ibo
On Saturday, a group of insurgents landed on Quirimba island off the coast of Quissanga and beheaded at least three members of the security forces

From the Zitamar Live Blog:

Zitamar Mozambique Live Blog
Today’s front pages on the streets of Maputo. Notícias leads with remarks by President Filipe Nyusi in Algiers on Saturday, in which he said that the process of transitioning to sustainable energy must take into account the urgency of energy poverty in many African countries. Underneath, an article says the World Food Programme is extending its support for Mozambique. Domingo’s lead headline concerns drugs and violence in schools, which is followed by the headline that a man was brutally attacked by the husband of a woman he had an affair with. Público leads with Nyusi’s court win in London against shipbuilder Privinvest who sought to sue him over his involvement in the “hidden-debts” scandal. Sign up to the Zitamar Daily Briefing for an in-depth look at the biggest stories in the Mozambican media each week day 📷 Faizal Chauque / Zitamar News

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