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A Mozambican soldier at a technical school in Maluana, Mozambique, in 2016 A Mozambican soldier provides security prior to the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a technical school in Maluana, Mozambique, July 7, 2016 (AP photo by Schalk van Zuydam).

A Brazen Attack Raises the Stakes of Mozambique’s Insurgency

Friday, April 2, 2021

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, Andrew Green curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent. Subscribers can adjust their newsletter settings to receive Africa Watch by email every week.

For more than a week, Islamic State-linked militants have laid siege to Palma, a coastal town in northern Mozambique that serves as a hub for natural gas projects worth a combined $60 billion. The sustained attack has left dozens of people dead, potentially displacing tens of thousands more. It is the most severe escalation of a jihadist insurgency that began in 2017, and is expected to exacerbate an already grave humanitarian crisis, even as it draws more international military support for the embattled Mozambican army. ...

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