Terrorism & Insurgency

Capture of alleged Islamist militant leader likely to lessen frequency of attacks in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado

12 December 2018


On 7 December 2018, 30-year-old Mustafa Suale Machinga was captured by local residents and referred to authorities in Litingina village in Nangade district in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.

Machinga, a former member of the Mozambican armed forces was captured after being accused by residents of leading the group responsible for Islamist militant-inspired attacks in the province. According to Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre (JTIC), the 19 attacks recorded since 5 October 2017, which marked the eruption of an emerging Islamist insurgency within the province, have resulted in 57 non-militant fatalities. However, local sources have claimed that at least 283 people have been killed during attacks since October 2017.

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