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The Kenyan government said on Thursday that it was ready to cooperate with Mozambique in combating terrorism, and that the fight must be taken up by all countries, terrorist groups having no respect for borders.
“We have a lot of experience fighting these groups, and we are ready to share that experience with Mozambique,” Kenyan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Monica Kathina Juma said after a meeting between Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuro Kenyata during the latter’s visit to Mozambique.
Minister Juma stressed that peace and stability were the necessary preconditions for the development of African nations, and that all threats to these values must be tackled head-on. “I am pleased to say there has been a lot of cooperation between intelligence services across the Indian Ocean, because these groups do not respect borders,” Juma said.
“Terrorist groups are a threat to every country in the world, so actions against such groups should be extended to all countries with which we cooperate,” she added.
In October, an apparently Islamist group attacked police stations and occupied the village of Mocímboa da Praia in northern Mozambique for two days, killing two police officers and four members of the security forces, as well as an estimated dozen attackers.
Since then, sporadic conflicts have occurred in settlements in the vicinity. The last case occurred on March 14 of this year in the village of Chitolo, where one person died and several houses were burned during an attack by an unidentified group of armed men.
Mozambican police have said it is too early to attribute the new incidents in the region to the Mocímboa da Praia group, and that investigations are ongoing.Source: Lusa