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Textbook ambush

An attack on a Mozambican army convoy on Tuesday demonstrates that the insurgency still has plenty of bite left

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

Good afternoon. This week the insurgency has demonstrated, once again, that it still has plenty of bite left. On Tuesday a Mozambican army convoy fell prey to a textbook roadside ambush that left up to nine soldiers dead. The convoy was patrolling the coast of Macomia district in Cabo Delgado province where insurgents have circulated largely unchallenged for several months.

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More worrying still, the convoy was reportedly carrying a senior army commander, who appears to have luckily escaped unscathed. It seems likely that the insurgents had advanced knowledge of his movements and targeted him accordingly. Such information could only come from within the security forces, which have had a longstanding reputation as a leaky ship.

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