Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has visited the northern province of Cabo Delgado in an area where security forces are fighting Islamist militants. Earlier this week, it was reported that the militants had invaded the main port of Mocimboa da Praia, and put it under their control.
Mozambique is set to go for another 30 day state of emergency, beginning Friday due to the novel coronavirus. President Filipe Nyusi made the announcement on Wednesday as he revealed a plan to ease restrictions in the coming days. He added that the actions are critical in containment of the virus.
Sixty-four people, believed to be undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia, were found dead in a cargo truck in the northwestern Mozambican province of Tete, a senior hospital official confirmed. The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded truck, and they were surrounded by survivors.
Islamist insurgents have seized the strategic northern Mozambique port town of Mocimboa da Praia, close to where foreign companies are working on a $60 billion natural gas project. The army and the police have launched a counter-offensive. A security source said the insurgents arrived in two speedboats to attack Mocimboa da Praia from the east while others attacked by land, overwhelming the army.
Islamic State (IS) announced Friday that it has repelled a military attack in northern Mozambique against one of its positions, in a clash in which it provoked several casualties and took a prisoner. The information is conveyed in the Al-Naba bulletin, owned by the Islamic State jihadist group.
“I am not afraid of schisms. I pray that there will be none, because what is at stake is people’s spiritual health,” Pope Francis told journalists aboard an aircraft flying from Antananarivo in Africa, back to Rome, Italy, the headquarters of the Catholic Church. The Pope also encouraged media personnel to fulfill their duties well by sticking to the facts honestly.