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    I'm getting unconfirmed reports that Islamic insurgents seized control of Mocimboa da Praia earlier today, attacking from the sea in speed boats and over land. Has anyone closer to sources of information heard anything? This would be very big, if confirmed.
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    Thanks, this is a very big escalation - the reports I am getting is that they have actually seized control of the town. The NYT report stops short of saying that.
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    The Mozambique National Police force has made a press conference confirming it.

    Really not good news!

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    OK, just picked this up on AIM, the independent Moz news agency:

    Mozambique: Terrorists Occupy Mocimboa DA Praia Town


    23 MARCH 2020
    Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique (Maputo)
    Maputo — The terrorist groups that have been waging war in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado since October 2017 on Monday morning attacked and occupied parts of the town of Mocimboa da Praia.


    At the time of writing, fighting is continuing between the insurgents and the Mozambican defence and security forces.


    According to a report in the electronic version of the independent daily "O Pais", the attack began shortly before dawn, at around 04.00.


    Some eye-witnesses, cited by the paper, said the shooting began in the Pamunda neighbourhood, and then spread out across the town, which was virtually under siege.





    One resident said "when I heard the first shots, I was preparing to go to the mosque, and I didn't have time to escape into the bush. Now I and my family are locked up inside the house".


    Other sources, say that some of the attackers came by boat, and occupied the Milamba neighbourhood. One eye-witness said "they came before dawn in boats. Then they began to shoot. They passed by my house heading towards the centre of the town. They were praying and carrying black flags, written in Arabic".


    The spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police, Orlando Mudumane, confirmed the attack. He told reporters in Maputo that the terrorists had attacked the barracks of the defence forces, where they had hoisted their flag.


    Mudumane said the insurgents had thrown up barricades on the main roads leading into the town, which they fully controlled.


    He added that efforts are now under way to restore public order and security. The defence and security forces had deployed units at various points and continued to exchange fire with the terrorists. Mudumane was confident that they would soon be able to restore security to the town.


    "O Pais" reported that some of those who came by sea have returned to their boats and left the area.


    The initial attacks by the insurgents, who are inspired by Islamic fundamentalism, came on 5 October 2017 against police facilities in Mocimboa da Praia district. Subsequently the terrorist raids have spread across other districts in the northern part of Cabo Delgado.


    The insurgents have never published any manifesto or list of demands, and their leaders have yet to show their faces in public.


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    Tony send a PM to member Jayefe here in East London. He grew up in Moz and keeps a sharp eye on happenings there via mails from local contacts.
    He'll be onto them like a fox terrier.
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    Default Re: Insurgents apparently seize Mocimboa da Praia? Any confirmation?

    And this headline on Upstream, which is a reliable source, but I don't have a subscription, so just the headline available:

    Islamic insurgents seize town in Mozambique and battle defence forces

    Mocimboa de Praia, some 80 kilometres from LNG site, overrun by insurgents as Mozambique confirms first Covid-19 case

    23 March 2020 15:29 GMT UPDATED 23 March 2020 16:33 GMTBy Iain Esau in London


    Insurgents in northern Mozambique attacked and siezed control of Mocimboa da Praia town on Monday morning, creating concern about the safety of


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    Spot on, Tony! That sums up the police conference.

    https://www.dw.com/pt-002/ataque-em-...dos/a-52892356
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    Tony send a PM to member Jayefe here in East London. He grew up in Moz and keeps a sharp eye on happenings there via mails from local contacts.
    He'll be onto them like a fox terrier.
    Thanks, I'm sure the reports will come streaming through tomorrow - this is a big development.
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    I've just received this emailed newsletter from veteran Mozambique observer/journalist, Joseph Hanlon:

    Mocimboa da Praia was occupied by insurgents this morning (Monday 23 March) and at 18h00 this afternoon was still under their control with no military response, report Estacio Valoi and Nazira Suleimane of Moz24Horas. https://www.moz24h.co.mz/ In two press conferences today, the spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police, Orlando Mudumane, confirmed the attack. He told reporters in Maputo that the insurgents had attacked and occupied the barracks of the defence forces, where they hoisted their black flag. Apparently senior and more experienced officials had recently moved to the main base in Mueda, leaving newly arrived officials in charge in Mocimboa. The police commander Bernardino Rafael made a flying visit with press last Monday (16 March) to show the press everything was in control. President Nyusi visited Mueda on 13 March. (AIM, @Verdade, O Pais, 23 Mar; CDD 22 Mar) The town of Mocimboa da Praia was occupied for a day in the first action of the civil war, on 5 October 2017.

    Insurgents apparently arrived by both sea and land, and also attacked the police station, freeing prisoners. Houses have been burned and a school and other infrastructure destroyed. Dozens of people have fled in panic to the local hospital and mosques, assuming them to be safer. The invaders have built barricades on the main roads leading into the town, which they control.
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    I am waiting for any further developments /news but it is definitely confirmed by the spokesperson from the PRM ( police) - interview published by VOA (portuguese) -https://www.voaportugues.com/a/vila-...o/5341091.html.

    Here is another source:

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    Mocimboa da Praia occupied

    Mocimboa da Praia was occupied by insurgents this morning (Monday 23 March) and at 18h00 this afternoon was still under their control with no military response, report Estacio Valoi and Nazira Suleimane of Moz24Horas. https://www.moz24h.co.mz/ In two press conferences today, the spokesperson for the General Command of the Mozambican police, Orlando Mudumane, confirmed the attack. He told reporters in Maputo that the insurgents had attacked and occupied the barracks of the defence forces, where they hoisted their black flag. Apparently senior and more experienced officials had recently moved to the main base in Mueda, leaving newly arrived officials in charge in Mocimboa. The police commander Bernardino Rafael made a flying visit with press last Monday (16 March) to show the press everything was in control. President Nyusi visited Mueda on 13 March. (AIM, @Verdade, O Pais, 23 Mar; CDD 22 Mar) The town of Mocimboa da Praia was occupied for a day in the first action of the civil war, on 5 October 2017.

    Insurgents apparently arrived by both sea and land, and also attacked the police station, freeing prisoners. Houses have been burned and a school and other infrastructure destroyed. Dozens of people have fled in panic to the local hospital and mosques, assuming them to be safer. The invaders have built barricades on the main roads leading into the town, which they control."

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    I doubt that Moz has the funds to mobilise an army.
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    I wonder where the Russian mercenaries are? They have certainly proven to be a rather ineffective bunch.

    This is a major incident and shows clear intent and a change in tactics on the side of the insurgents. One can only wonder if this signals the beginning of a push towards the LNG installations? (in my humble opinion this was always the intended target). I think the international oil and gas companies must be getting just a little bit edgy and nervous about now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosasa View Post
    I wonder where the Russian mercenaries are? They have certainly proven to be a rather ineffective bunch.

    This is a major incident and shows clear intent and a change in tactics on the side of the insurgents. One can only wonder if this signals the beginning of a push towards the LNG installations? (in my humble opinion this was always the intended target). I think the international oil and gas companies must be getting just a little bit edgy and nervous about now.
    The Islamist nations are losing control of OPEC, so it makes sense to find funds for the Jihad somewhere else.
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    Here is the news from inside mocimboa da praia ; Pinacle news is a nom de plume of a journalist that has established a network of people on the ground and they exchange videos and/or whats app messages to communicate .

    It is disturbing what is happening ; in a recent post it appears that the insurgents are also applauded by some members of the population (photo ) ??
    Insurgentes numa rua de Mocímboa da Praia


    (Foto Pinacle News)






    So wrt this last attack (23/3/2020) here is the video showing the damages after the attack but I am not sure if it will open via the FB link ?

    NB: Pinacle news - this is the same source that has made public 2 other videos that I personnally have received via a friend in northern mozambique but that I have not posted given the nature of the images ( decapitated corpses and cut up corpses from specific attacks in cabo delgado ).

    So here is the video link :https://www.facebook.com/search/top/...epa=SEARCH_BOX



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    Here is confirmation that a second town has been attacked by the same group.

    https://clubofmozambique.com/news/mo...s-lusa-156167/

    This is all in the very far North and will not affect any of the southern areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosasa View Post
    I wonder where the Russian mercenaries are? They have certainly proven to be a rather ineffective bunch.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagner_Group

    Mozambique[edit]

    In early August 2019, the Wagner Group received a contract with the government of Mozambique over two other private military companies, OAM and Black Hawk, by offering their services for lower costs.[326] At the end of that month,[327] the government of Mozambique approved a resolution ratifying the agreement from April 2018 on the entry of Russian military ships into national ports.[328] On 13 September, 160 PMCs from the Wagner Group arrived on a Russian An-124 cargo plane in the country[329] to provide technical and tactical assistance to the Mozambique Defence Armed Forces (FADM) and were stationed in three military barracks in the northern provinces of Nampula, Macomia and Mueda.[328] On 25 September, a second Russian cargo plane[329] landed in Nampula province and unloaded large-calibre weapons and ammunition belonging to the Wagner Group, which were then transported to the Cabo Delgado province where, since 5 October 2017, an Islamist insurgency had been taking place.[328] At least one of the two cargo planes belonged to the 224th Flight Unit of the Russian Air Force.[329] Overall, 200 PMCs, including elite troops, three attack helicopters and crew arrived in Mozambique to provide the training and combat support in Cabo Delgado, where the Islamist militants had burned villages, carried out beheadings and displaced hundreds of people.[330] Starting on 5 October, the Mozambique military conducted several successful operations, in collaboration with the PMCs, against the insurgents[29] along the border with Tanzania.[329] During these operations, the military and the PMCs bombed insurgent bases in two areas, pushing them into the woods. At this time, the insurgents launched attacks on two bases, during which more than 35 insurgents and three PMCs were killed. Meanwhile, on 8 October, a Russian ship entered the port of Nacala carrying just over 17 containers of different types of weapons, especially explosives, which were transported to the battlefield.[29] Russia, on its part, denied it had any troops in Mozambique.[331]
    Following the arrival of the PMCs, ISIL reinforced jihadist forces in Mozambique, leading to an increase in the number of militant attacks.[332] On October 10 and 27, two ambushes took place during which seven PMCs were killed. During the ambush at the end of October, in addition to five PMCs, 20 Mozambique soldiers also died when Islamic militants set up a barricade on the road as a FADM military convoy arrived. Four of the five PMCs were shot dead and then beheaded.[333] Three vehicles were burned in the attack.[334] Some of the deaths during the fighting in Mozambique were reportedly the result of a "friendly fire" incident.[335] By mid-November, two Mozambique military sources described growing tensions between Wagner and the FADM after a number of failed military operations, with one saying joint patrols had almost stopped. Analysts, mercenaries and security experts, including the heads of OAM and Black Hawk, which operate in Sub-Saharan Africa, were of the opinion that Wagner was struggling in Mozambique since they were operating in a theater where they did not have much expertise. According to John Gartner, the head of OAM and a former Rhodesian soldier, the Wagner Group was "out of their depth" in Mozambique. At the same time, Dolf Dorfling, the founder of Black Hawk and a former South African colonel, said sources told them that the Wagner Group had started to search for local military expertise.[326] Towards the end of that month, it was reported that 200 PMCs had withdrawn from Mozambique, following the deaths among its fighters.[335] Still, as of the end of November, Russian fighters and equipment were still present in the port city of Pemba and they were also based in the coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia.[329] The PMCs had also withdrawn to Nacala to re-organize.[332]
    By early 2020, the number of attacks in Cabo Delgado surged, with 28 taking place throughout January and early February. The violence spread to nine of the province's 16 districts. The attacks included beheadings, mass kidnappings and villages burned to the ground. Most of the attacks were conducted by militants, but some were also made by bandits.
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    Seems like they have been succesful in the last couple of days.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-53756692


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