WATCH | What it’ll take to stem the Moz insurgency tide

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WATCH | What it’ll take to stem the Moz insurgency tide

Maputo has vowed to protect the gas project in Cabo Delgado. But if it fails, private guns could be brought in

Senior reporter

Protection of Mozambique’s multibillion-dollar gas fields could devolve into a proxy war if the embattled state cannot rebuff an insurgency that has swept across the northern reaches of the country.

Since 2017, Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo, which is believed to be supported by the Islamic State group, has carried out violent attacks in the gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado.

The insurgency has gained purchase in recent months with the sacking of the key port town of Mocimboa da Praia, setting the scene for an offensive that saw militants sweeping across a string of islands, home to SA-owned tourist resorts.  ..

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