(MOZAMBIQUE) JUST IN: The bodies of 12 beheaded expats have been found after an #IslamicState massacre in a town where a British worker was killed in a desperate escape bid #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.12: The nationalities of the 12 people found ‘tied up and beheaded’ in the northern town of Palma cannot yet be confirmed, a local police commander said:

Mozambique: Militants tie up and behead twelve expatriates: ‘Their bodies were found near to natural gas projects worth £43.6billion: They are all believed to be foreigners because they are white, Commander Pedro da Silva said’

“Bodies of 12 beheaded white expats are found after ISIS massacre in Mozambique town where British worker was killed in desperate escape bid,” by Jemma Carr, MailOnline, April 8, 2021:

Standing near to an area of disturbed earth where he said he buried the bodies himself, Commander Silva told state broadcaster TVM: ‘They were tied up and beheaded here.’

The latest attack comes less than a month after dozens of innocent people were killed when Islamist insurgents launched a raid in Palma on March 24, including 50-year-old Briton Philip Mawer.

A body matching Mr Mawer’s description was pulled from the wreckage of a car destroyed in the attack.

It is believed he was fleeing from the siege by ISIS-linked insurgents at the Amarula Hotel….

Mozambique is a majority Christian country, with Muslims comprising around a fifth of its population.

A religious movement, Ansar al-Sunna, first appeared in 2015 in the north of the country, formed by followers of radical Kenyan cleric Aboud Rogo Mohammed who has been linked to the 1998 US embassy bombings.

The group attracted disaffected young men who resented a lack of opportunities in an area of rich natural resources.

It started building mosques and religious schools, becoming more and more popular with locals.

But in 2017, the group starting launching attacks and became known locally as al-Shabab, although they do not have any known connection to Somalia’s jihadist rebels of that name.

Militants started posting photos on the encrypted messaging service Telegram posing in front of the ISIS flag and praising its then leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Islamic State then confirmed that jihadis in Mozambique had joined its Central Africa Province division (ISCAP), along with militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

ISIS have since claimed responsibility for many of the attacks carried out in Mozambique, including brutal beheadings and massacres, often posting photos of the victims online.

In an official ISIS news bulletin in June last year, leaders taunted the West and African nations for failing to stop the insurgency in Mozambique, and said its interest there is financial with the country’s huge coal and gas reserves.

The militants still refer to themselves as al-Shabab but they are now strongly considered to be an arm of ISIS, which was confirmed by US officials in December….

#AceNewsDesk report …………..Published: Apr.12: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) JUST IN: US to deploy ‘Green Berets’ to Mozambique as jihadis continue to behead children leaving bodies on the streets #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.04: Although the UN states that a “mysterious group” of insurgents has committed “killing, rape and other atrocities,” the responsible party is the #IslamicState (ISIS), which is trying to expand the hegemony of Shariaand create a caliphate in the region:

US deploys Green Berets to Mozambique as jihadis continue beheading children: ‘The announcement comes as the Mozambique government confirmed another jihad massacre, in which dozens were reported dead. Witnesses described beheaded bodies in the streets’

“US deploys Green Berets to Mozambique; ISIS-linked militants accused of beheading children,” by Emily Wood, Christian Post, March 29, 2021:

The United States has deployed U.S. Army Green Berets to Mozambique to train local troops as the country faces a growing insurgency that has seen children as young as 12 beheaded as well as thousands killed and displaced in the southern African country.

Analysts say this intervention is long overdue with a worsening humanitarian crisis and rise in “appalling atrocities.” More than 2,600 people have died since 2017 from the fighting and terrorist activity that began in north Mozambique, according to the United Nations.

The U.N. reports the “mysterious group” of insurgents has committed “killing, rape and other atrocities.”

The U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers were sent to train Mozambican marines for two months to counter the spread of violence by the Islamic extremist group, al-Shabab.

“The United States is committed to supporting Mozambique with a multifaceted and holistic approach to counter and prevent the spread of terrorism and violent extremism,” the U.S. Embassy in Mozambique said in a statement. “Civilian protection, human rights, and community engagement are central to U.S. cooperation and are foundational to effectively counter the Islamic State in Mozambique.”

“This approach addresses socioeconomic development issues as well as the security situation,” the statement adds.

The elite Green Berets are often deployed worldwide to build relationships, go on missions with locals and teach them how to fight effectively, Business Insider reports.

The U.S. government launched the two-month Joint Combined Exchange Training program to help prevent the spread of terrorism and will also provide communications and medical treatment.

The U.S. recently designated the Islamic State-linked insurgents in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province a “foreign terrorist organization” on March 10.

Islamic State affiliates in Mozambique are also known as Ansar al-Sunna and known locally as al-Shabaab. The group reportedly pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in 2018. …

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Apr.05: 2021:

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(MOZAMBIQUE) LATEST: Fighting around the strategic town of Palma entered a second day on Thursday as ISIL-linked fighters occupied and ransacked it despite French energy giant Total claiming it was secure #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.29: Mozambique’s government said the town – in its northernmost province of Cabo Delgado and about 10km (6.2 miles) from gas developments worth $60bn – came under a three-pronged attack on Wednesday and security forces moved in to establish order:

Mozambique: #IslamicState jihadis ransack town near gas developments worth $60,000,000,000: ‘The jihadis in Mozambique have declared that they want to impose Sharia. If they get hold of these gas developments, they could have plenty of money to finance their jihad for years to come’

“Mozambique military launches offensive after ISIL attack,” Al Jazeera, March 25, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

Bodies were visible in the streets, some of them beheaded, and helicopter gunships exchanged fire with the attackers, a security source told Reuters news agency.

The attack came shortly after French oil giant Total announced plans to resume construction at the nearby site of a $20bn offshore gas project….

Within a few hours of Total’s announcement, strategically important Palma, which hosts numerous international companies looking to cash in on one of the biggest gas finds in a decade, had been hit with its first major strike.

Mozambique’s forces had not repelled the attack as of Thursday morning and fighting was ongoing, according to sources in touch with the Mozambique government and military officials.

Joseph Hanlon, a researcher and author on Mozambique, said vast mineral wealth in the region had been exploited by an elite few with the majority of residents not reaping any profits, leading to the rebellion.

“It is really a serious threat. One of the reasons the Palma attack is so important is this is the closest they’ve come to the gas project in scale. There were more than 100 insurgents, it was well organised, well-coordinated,” Hanlon told Al Jazeera.

He said reports suggest the attackers pulled out of Palma, but not before robbing two banks and having “taken control of the town for a day”.

Palma is located more than 1,800km (1,120 miles) northeast of Maputo in gas-rich Cabo Delgado province, where authorities have grappled with a brutal rebellion since 2017.

Fighters affiliated with the armed group ISIL (ISIS) have raided villages and towns across the province for years, causing hundreds of thousands to flee their homes….

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: Mar.29: 2021:

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` Armed attacks by rebel movement `Renamo ‘ have displaced more than 6,000 people in Mozambique ‘

#AceWorldNews says that attacks by the opposition party and former rebel movement, Renamo, have displaced more than 6,000 people in the central parts of Mozambique, Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina has said.

Armed attacks by Renamo have displaced 6,727 people in the central Gorongosa district alone, Vaquina told the Mozambican parliament on Friday.

An agreement signed between Renamo and the ruling Frelimo party in Rome in 1992 ended a 16-year civil war.

However, violence flared up again in May when Renamo gunmen attacked a police station at Muxungue in central Mozambique, killing 5 police and injuring several others, AP said.

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