Mozambique president calls on insurgents to give up after key militant killed

31

MAPUTO, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi urged Islamist militants in its far north to give up on Monday, saying they’d nowhere to run, after allied Rwandan, Mozambican and southern African forces pushed them out of territory they’d been occupying.

Nyusi’s feedback to mark Peace and National Reconciliation Day got here a day after regional southern African forces mentioned they’d killed a senior Islamist militant chief together with 18 different fighters in an offensive on September 25.

Awadhi Ndanjile, a non secular chief instrumental in recruiting and indoctrinating members of the Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a (ASWJ), was killed on a militants base within the Nangade district of Cabo Delgado, the assertion from the Southern Africa Development Community’s mission in Mozambique mentioned, utilizing one of many names given to the nation’s militants.

“We wanted to invite them not to wait for death … this is not the intention of the defense and security forces,” Nyusi mentioned. “Surrender yourself … because you have nowhere to go … You are running from one forest to another being endlessly chased.”

Quite a few areas beforehand held by militants have been cleared, together with the city of Mocimboa da Praia, greater than a yr after insurgents first seized it. Insurgent bases have additionally been destroyed, in accordance with safety forces.

While Nyusi mentioned it was possible the leaders of the insurgency had fled, probably even overseas, there was concern for these decrease down the chain particularly if they’d been pressured to hitch their ranks.

“We want our compatriots on our side, not the other side,” he added.

Reporting by Manuel Mucari; Writing by Tim Cocks and Emma Rumney

Mozambique's President Filipe Nyusi speaks during Armed Forces Day celebrations in Pemba, Mozambique. September 25, 2021.REUTERS/Baz Ratner