26 indicted for attacks in Cabo Delgado - Savana
File photo: AFP
Deputy Attorney General of the Republic of Mozambique Amabélia Chuquela warned on Wednesday of the risk of the armed violence in the province of Cabo Delgado spreading, and called for the bolstering of both the Defence and Security Forces and the justice sector.
“If we cannot, in time, strengthen the means of prevention and repression, the violence in Cabo Delgado could can spread to other parts of the country,” Amabélia Chuquela told journalists on the sidelines of a training course on the fight against terrorism.
The National Criminal Investigation Service (Sernic) must be equipped with the technical, human and material means necessary to prevent and investigate armed violence in Cabo Delgado in order to contain the risk of it spreading, she added.
The magistrate said that state institutions should be equipped to prevent the country from becoming the locus of acts of terrorism and violent extremism, acting effectively against these evils.
Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, home to intense activity by multinational companies involved in natural gas projects there, has been the scene of attacks by armed men which have killed more than 250 people since October 2017.
The government has presented contradictory explanations of the violence in the region, citing variously religious motivations associated with radical Islamism while more recently blaming illegal artisanal miners [‘garimpeiros’].
Recently, a purported branch of the Islamic State claimed to have killed several Mozambican soldiers in a clash in Cabo Delgado, but this explanation of events has never been officially confirmed.Source: Lusa