Mozambique vows to crush ISIS-linked insurgents, as countries pledge help

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
Filipe Nyusi.
Filipe Nyusi.
AFP

Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi vowed Friday to root out Islamic State-linked militants in the north of the country with the help of regional allies that are set to contribute ground forces.

The 16 southern African countries in the SADC bloc on Wednesday approved the deployment of forces to help quash the deadly insurgency that has ravaged the gas-rich Cabo Delgado province since late 2017.

The insurgency has claimed more than 2 900 lives, according to conflict data tracker ACLED, and displaced around 800 000 people, according to the United Nations.

SADC did not say how many troops would be sent or when, but Nyusi, in a speech marking the country's 46th anniversary of independence from Portugal, said the militants would be crushed with foreign assistance.

READ | As SADC prepares to send troops to Mozambique, experts warn of possible pitfalls

"We will do everything to ensure that the coming times are of despair and agony for the terrorists operating in Mozambique," said Nyusi in a televised address.

Mozambique's "brave defence and security forces will intensify their operations to hunt down these criminals, getting the necessary support from SADC and friendly countries but without compromising our sovereignty as a nation," he said.

Portugal and the United States have provided training for Mozambican troops, but this is the first time Nyusi's government has been open to foreign boots on the ground to fight the jihadists.

Portugal's Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Wednesday said he expected a European Union military training mission for Mozambique to be approved on 12 July.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Nappies, they cost too much
7% - 262 votes
Formula and food, it's getting so expensive
18% - 705 votes
Creche and school fees are a struggle every month
76% - 3047 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
16.08
-1.0%
Rand - Pound
19.85
+0.2%
Rand - Euro
16.84
-0.3%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.18
-0.1%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-2.0%
Gold
1,816.59
+0.1%
Silver
21.40
-1.1%
Palladium
2,006.50
-2.4%
Platinum
938.25
-1.9%
Brent Crude
111.93
-2.1%
Top 40
62,494
-0.9%
All Share
69,083
-0.9%
Resource 10
71,795
-1.4%
Industrial 25
76,804
-1.3%
Financial 15
16,026
+0.8%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE