A South African National Defense Force convoy rides along a dirt road in the Malinganha district of Pemba, Mozambique.
Armies in southern Africa have expelled jihadists from northern Mozambique, but will stay in the country indefinitely to ensure that the situation remains controlled, Regional Block said Thursday.
“Terrorism remains a major threat to Mozambique,” said Mpho Molomo, head of the Southern African Development Community’s mission in Mozambique.
Last week, SADC extended its mission by 90 days, but Moromo said the Southern African Army remained “an undecided period until conditions on the ground were controlled,” despite the recent increase in military power.
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The SADC block in 16 countries has not disclosed the number of troops deployed in Mozambique since the mission began in July. Rwanda has individually dispatched 1,000 soldiers allegedly leading military interests.
Moromo said the SADC would deploy more army even if the militants were expelled from Cabodelgado.
They are scattered in all directions.
“It is rumored that some may have gone to neighboring Tanzania and some to other states such as Niassa and Nampula,” he added.
Military operations have focused on the gas-rich Cabo del Gado, which has suffered attacks by radicals associated with the Islamic state for the past four years.
Armed groups have killed at least 3,340 people and evacuated more than 800,000.
The militants, locally known as al-Shabaab, are fighting to establish a caliphate, although no connection to a similarly named jihadist group operating in Somalia is known.
Their first coordinated attack targeted the police station on October 5, 2017.
Violence disrupted major gas exploration projects and raised concerns that they could spread to neighboring countries.
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Regional troops staying in Mozambique indefinitely
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