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Mozambique’s police chief has revealed the names of six men who allegedly led armed attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Bernardino Rafael said the armed attacks were carried out by Abdul Faizal, Abdul Remane, Abdul Raim, Nuno Remane, Ibn Omar and a sixth person identified as Salimo, according to broadcaster Rádio Moçambique.
“We call for the population, for anyone who has any information that could lead us to find the people we have indicated, to contact the police of the Republic of Mozambique, so that we can take action,” Rafael said.
The coastal area of Cabo Delgado has been subject to attacks since October 2017. While the groups have never made their intentions known, experts claim the violence could be linked to trafficking networks in heroin, ivory, rubies and wood.
According to Human Rights Watch published in June this year, attacks by armed groups have killed at least 39 people and displaced more than 1,000 since May 2018.
The attacks come as Mozambique moves closer to becoming a major player on the growing global market for liquefied natural gas.Source: Lusa