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The Portuguese government yesterday advised travelers to avoid visiting various areas of Cabo Delgado province, in the north of Mozambique affected by attacks attributed to “an insurgent movement of an Islamic group”.
The advice to Portuguese travelers appeared on the Portuguese Communities website run by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the warning, “instability and insecurity” in the province of Cabo Delgado, in northern Mozambican “demand additional security precautions”, since “there have been reports of attacks and serious incidents” in the Mocímboa da Praia, Macomia, Palma, Nangade, Quissanga and Pemba districts.
The attacks are “allegedly committed by an insurgent Islamist movement”.
In view of this scenario, “remaining in the most affected areas” is discouraged and it is recommended that “travel should be limited to what is essential”. In case of doubt “contact with consular entities should be established”.
The village of Mocímboa da Praia and rural villages in Cabo Delgado have been targeted by armed groups since October 2017, causing an undetermined number of deaths and disappearances.
A recent study published in Maputo points to illegal trade networks in the region and the influx of radical Islamist groups from countries to the north as among the roots of the violence.
On Tuesday, residents and local officials told Lusa that the armed groups responsible for the attacks were suspected of having killed three more people.Source: Lusa