While the insurgents intensify their attacks in the districts of the southern region of the province of Cabo Delgado, the Minister of the Interior argues that the situation aims to distract the Defense and Security Forces ( FDS) of its real mission, which is to dismantle the group’s new camps, installed in the districts of Macomia (three) and Muidumbe (one). According to Pascoal Ronda, after the deactivation, in 2023, of the terrorists’ main bases, which were located in the forests of Kathupa, in the district of Macomia, and the assassination of the group’s then military leader, Bonomade Machude Omar, the insurgents created new camps ( three in Macomia and one in Muidumbe), from where they started to operate. Speaking yesterday morning, from the podium of the Assembly of the Republic, during the Government Information Session, Ronda argued that it was in a context of “continuous operational pressure”, exerted by the FDS in coordination with the Rwandan and SAMIM forces, that “the terrorists dispersed to the districts of Ancuabe, Chiúre, Metuge and Quissanga, aiming to divert the attention of the FDS from the group’s centers of gravity”. “In these places, terrorists have carried out robberies, ambushes, murder of citizens, looting of food products, destruction of schools, churches and homes, kidnappings and forced recruitment, creating a new wave of displaced people, estimated at around 61 thousand”, he detailed the ruler, for whom the group has new leaders who, for the most part, are in the districts of Macomia and Quissanga. For the government official, the fight against terrorism continues to be a priority on the Government’s agenda, which is why he “continues to make efforts with the Rwandan security forces and SAMIM”. “The adoption of the new modus operandi by the terrorists demonstrates that there is, within the group, a new leadership, a fact that demands more assertive actions from the FDS”, he adds, highlighting the need to increase investment in the FDS to combat terrorism, which For seven years it has been sowing mourning in the districts of Cabo Delgado. The Interior Minister’s statements come at a time when the security situation in the province of Cabo Delgado is considered critical, with terrorists carrying out new attacks, particularly in the village of Naminaue, in the Administrative Post of Mieze, district of Metuge, which is 28 km from the city of Pemba, the provincial capital. They also attacked Quirimba Island, in the Ibo district, in recent days. Remember that, two weeks ago, the Minister of National Defense, Cristóvão Chume, argued that the scenario in the province of Cabo Delgado remained stable, being marred only by sporadic attacks caused by small groups of insurgents. However, reality continues to contradict the Government’s statements. (Letter) Source: Carta de Moçambique

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