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INSURGENTS CHANGE TACTICS AS MOZAMBIQUE SEEKS HELP. Cabo Delgado province in Northern Mozambique has seen a dramatic spike in attacks in recent days, including a spectacular ‘hearts and minds’ operation by insurgents in the strategic coastal town of Mocímboa da Praia. The town is close to Mozambique’s natural gas production installations. Several companies are reportedly now for the first time planning to evacuate some employees who hadn’t already left due to fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ISIS-inspired Ahlu-Sunnah Wal Jama’at (Al-Sunnah) attackers were met with little resistance, as there was only a handful of soldiers, some of them apparently asleep, at the time of the invasion. The... Full story

1 April