African countries deploying troops in Mozambique to combat terrorists
African countries are deploying troops in Mozambique to combat terrorists in the country’s gas rich Cabo Delgado province which has witnessed deadly attacks by Takfiri terrorists and rebels.
Recent attacks forced global energy giants to stop activities in the region while locals have borne the brunt of the violence.
Mocimboa da Praia, located in Cabo Delgado province and home to one of Africa's biggest gas fields, is a restive region where the militants launched their first attacks in October 2017.
Last month, the Rwandan government deployed about 1,000 forces to Mozambique to fight alongside Mozambique's forces and troops of the 16-member Southern African Development Community (SADC).
More than 3,000 people have been killed and 820,000 displaced during the conflict. The violence has also disrupted a $20 billion natural gas project led by oil giant Total.
Mozambique initially resisted outside help, but it seems to have accepted that it cannot win the fight alone. The Rwandan troops were deployed following an April visit to Kigali by Mozambican Leader Filipe Nyusi.
Earlier in August, the Rwandan forces announced their first success, claiming they had helped the Mozambican army regain control of Awasse, a small but strategic settlement near Mocimboa da Praia.
Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has vowed to dedicate more resources to fighting the militancy since his re-election in January, and the government in Maputo is pushing forward with the gas development projects in the province.