Southern African bloc extends troop deployment in Mozambique to combat insurgency -communique

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JOHANNESBURG, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Southern African regional bloc SADC agreed at a summit on Tuesday to increase a troop deployment in Mozambique to assist the federal government combat an Islamic State-linked insurgency.

“Summit approved the extension of the SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) to continue with offensive operations against terrorists and violent extremists,” the bloc mentioned in a communique after prime officers met in Pretoria, South Africa.

The SADC troop deployment was initially for 3 months and resulting from finish on Oct. 15. The communique didn’t say how lengthy the extension was authorised for.

Southern African nations agreed in June to ship troops to assist Mozambique reply to the insurgency, which is concentrated within the northern province of Cabo Delgado and has claimed hundreds of lives since starting in 2017. learn extra

Rwanda, which isn’t a SADC member, started deploying troopers in Mozambique a month later. learn extra

The combating introduced a $20 billion pure fuel undertaking led by French vitality firm TotalEnergies (TTEF.PA) to a halt, after fighters attacked the city of Palma in March. learn extra

The communique on Tuesday mentioned three troopers on the SADC mission to Mozambique had misplaced their lives, from Botswana and Tanzania.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Alexander Winning; Editing by Chris Reese and Bill Berkrot

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