Mozambique president offers talks with militants

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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has offered to hold talks with Islamist insurgents in the northern province of Cabo Delgado ahead of the country’s general election scheduled for October 15.

President Nyusi expressed willingness to talk to them, if they reveal their faces, during an election rally in Cabo Delgado, the region hardest hit by the attacks.

The militants, locally known as al-Shabab – though not linked to the Somali militant group of the same name, have been carrying out sporadic attacks against security forces and civilians since 2017.

Little is known about the group, with its leadership preferring to remain anonymous, but over time has become known for its execution of local villagers and fishermen.

The insurgents are estimated to have so far killed more than 200 people and burnt more than 600 houses in the gas-rich northern province.

 




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