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The commander-in-chief of Mozambique’s police force (PRM) has announced that the police are looking for a Tanzanian who recruits youths to the cause of armed violence in the north of the country.
“The corporation is looking for a Tanzanian citizen who is known to be responsible for recruiting a group of young people from the district of Niassa,” Bernardino Rafael told reporters in Mecula on Tuesday and quoted today by the state media.
Mecula lies on the border between the province of Niassa, inland, and Cabo Delgado, a coastal region in the north of the country.
The wanted man, Amisse Bacar, better known locally as Itisse, is accused of trying unsuccessfully to join the community policing group in Mueda district, in Cabo Delgado.
The top police chief urged the population to reject offers from strangers to take their children to learn the Koran in neighbouring towns. The promises, Bernardino says, are false and aim only to swell the ranks of the armed groups destabilising Cabo Delgado.
The announcement of a new recruitment suspect came after Bernardino Rafael announcing on Saturday that the armed attacks in the north of the country are funded by illegal miners in the region in response to repressive operations by the authorities.
Rafael alluded to the arrests of ‘garimpeiros’ in early 2017, half a year before the first armed attack in Mocímboa da Praia in October of the same year.
The province of Cabo Delgado, the location of Mozambique’s new natural gas megaprojects, has been the scene of attacks by armed groups that have killed at least 150 persons since their inception in October 2017.Source: Lusa