28 attacks in Mozambican Cabo Delgado by suspected Islamists

The United Nations has recorded 28 attacks in the Mozambican coastal province of Cabo Delgado since the beginning of 2020.

At least 100 000 people have been displaced and up to 400 killed since the beginning of the insurgency.

These attacks have been blamed on Islamist extremists.

RELATED: Suspected Islamists attack in Northern Mozambique after 10 people beheaded

Bongani Bingwa speaks to Institute of Security Studies senior researcher Liesl Louw-Vaudran to give insight on what is happening in Mozambique.

This insurgency really started at the end of 2017 on a small scale in northern Cabo Delgado province which is remote from Maputo. Attempts to travel to that area have been widely restricted that is why only now people are highlighting this threat.

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher - Institute of Security Studies

These attacks have the same characteristic to the attacks seen in Somalia and Mali, she explains.

We don't exactly know the nature of the threat because there is a lot of disinformation and we haven't been allowed to travel to the province.

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Senior Researcher - Institute of Security Studies

Listen below to the full conversation:


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