Rwandan forces have been stationed since July to support a neighboring country that has liberated the port city of Mozambique in the northern part of Mozambique from the control of extremist rebels.
Rwandan military spokesman Ronald Rivanga said: “The main stronghold of the insurgency over the past two years has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces.
Referring to Mocimboa da Praia as “the last stronghold of the insurgency”, Rivinka said the victory “marks the end of the first phase of counter-offensive operations aimed at expelling the militants.”
Just In: The port city of Mokambova da Priya, the main stronghold of the insurgency, has been captured by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces for more than two years. The city also has a district headquarters and an airport.
– Rwanda Security Force (RwandaMoD) August 8, 2021
In July, thousands of Rwandan soldiers in the northern province of Cabo Delgado supported the Mozambican army in its fight against armed insurgency with local roots, but the terrorist organization “pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.” South Africa has also sent nearly 1,500 troops.
The Mozambican government has formally called on the South African Development Society (SADC) for military intervention against extremist insurgents in the south of the country.
Insurgents affiliated with the Islamic State have been active in the gas-rich province of Kabo Delgado since 2017.
Last March, they seized control of the city of Palma, near a major gas project involving French oil company Total and other international energy companies. Dozens were injured in the attack and tens of thousands were forced to flee the city.