Rwanda, Mozambique army regain control of port held by jihadists

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
iStock
iStock

Rwandan forces deployed last month to help Mozambique's army battle jihadists said on Sunday they had recaptured control of the key northern port of Mocimboa da Praia from the extremist militants.

"The port city of Mocimboa da Praia, a major stronghold of the insurgency for more than two years has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces," the Rwandan Defence Forces said in a tweet.

Force spokesman colonel Ronald Rwivanga confirmed this to AFP, saying "yes (Mocimboa da Praia) has fallen".

EXPLAINER | How Rwanda took control of the narrative regarding conflict in Mozambique

The port town, from where the first Islamist attacks were staged in October 2017, has since last year become the de-facto headquarters of the Islamic State-linked extremists, locally referred to as Al-Shabab.

Mocimboa da Praia "was the last stronghold of the insurgents, marking the end of the first phase of counter-insurgency operations which is dislodging insurgents from the stronghold," Rwivanga said in a text message.

READ | Rwanda sends 300 troops for UN mission in Central African Republic

Rwanda sent in 1,000 troops last month to shore up Mozambican military forces that have been struggling to regain control over the northern Cabo Delgado province, which is home to one of Africa's biggest liquefied natural gas projects.

The forces last week claimed their first success since deploying, saying they had helped the Mozambique army regain control of Awasse - a small but also strategic settlement near Mocimboa da Praia.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you 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.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
Children between 12 and 17 can now be vaccinated against Covid-19. As a parent I am:
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Relieved, it's been a long wait to this point
48% - 347 votes
A bit hesitant, and will wait to see how it goes
21% - 150 votes
Completely against my child getting the shot
32% - 229 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
14.45
+0.8%
Rand - Pound
19.96
+0.6%
Rand - Euro
16.82
+0.7%
Rand - Aus dollar
10.85
+0.3%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+0.8%
Gold
1,781.92
+0.7%
Silver
24.31
+2.7%
Palladium
2,073.50
-1.4%
Platinum
1,054.00
+1.1%
Brent Crude
85.08
+0.9%
Top 40
60,348
+0.3%
All Share
66,895
+0.2%
Resource 10
63,203
-0.1%
Industrial 25
85,486
+0.6%
Financial 15
14,008
-0.1%
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