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The commander-in-chief of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique has indicated the names of six men who allegedly lead the armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado, urging the population to collaborate in capturing the alleged “ringleaders.”
Bernardino Rafael said that the armed groups that carry out attacks in Cabo Delgado are directed by Abdul Faizal, Abdul Remane, Abdul Raim, Nuno Remane, Ibn Omar and a sixth individual, identified only by Salimo.
“We consider these men as the ringleaders,” said Bernardino Rafael, speaking at a police parade in the city of Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado.
The official urged the population to collaborate in locating those responsible for the armed groups.
“We call on the population, those who know, those who have possible information, which may lead to the capture of these names that we indicate, to contact the Police of the Republic of Mozambique, for us to act,” said the commander-in-chief of the Mozambican police.
Bernardindo Rafael urged the Mozambican Defence and Security Forces to maintain their commitment to fighting the groups.
Remote settlements in the province of Cabo Delgado, located between 1,500 and 2,000 kilometres north of Maputo, have been plundered in violent raids carried out by unknown people since October 2017, causing an undetermined number of dead and displaced persons.
The groups that have attacked the villages have never made any claims or made their intentions known, but investigators suggest that the violence is linked to trafficking networks of heroin, ivory, rubies and wood.
The attacks come at a time when investments by natural gas oil companies are moving forward in the region, but have not yet entered the perimeter of the projects.Source: Lusa