MAPUTO: Islamist militants occupied a key port in gas-rich northern Mozambique on Wednesday following days of renewed attacks, a military source and local media said.

The port of Mocimboa da Praia lies 80 kilometres south of Afungi peninsula, where a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, one of Africa’s biggest single investment projects, is located.

The port is currently a major traffic hub for the gas project.

The “Islamic State Central Africa Province” (ISCAP), affiliated with the militant Islamic State group (IS), claimed its fighters had captured the port. The group has a stated goal of establishing a caliphate in the region.

It has claimed some other attacks in the region since June last year, often posting images of slain soldiers and seized weapons.

Northern Mozambique has been hit by a jihadist insurgency since 2017 that has killed more than 1,000 people and complicated the country’s plans to develop its offshore gas reserves.

A military source said a rocket-propelled grenade sank a boat owned by former president Armando Guebuza during Wednesday’s assault.

“The situation is complicated,” the source said.

Published in Dawn, August 13th, 2020

Opinion

Police & prosecution
16 Jan 2021

Police & prosecution

Yasin Malik’s case is a revealing example of Modi’s political vendetta.
Changes in privacy policy
16 Jan 2021

Changes in privacy policy

It is indeed a blunder by WhatsApp to move towards a model that is less private than before.
A national dialogue?
15 Jan 2021

A national dialogue?

Fundamental reforms are needed to change the ‘system of spoils’, not save it.

Editorial

16 Jan 2021

Gas liberalisation

AFTER drawing much criticism from both consumers and the opposition over its mismanagement of the energy sector that...
16 Jan 2021

Osama Satti inquiry

THE findings of the judicial inquiry into the Jan 2 killing of 21-year-old Osama Satti in Islamabad merely confirms...
Updated 16 Jan 2021

British MP on IHK

DESPITE sustained efforts by New Delhi’s rulers to remove India-held Kashmir from the global discourse, people of...
Updated 15 Jan 2021

Trump’s impeachment

The impeachment move may well remain symbolic in nature; even then, the symbolism itself is a potent one.
15 Jan 2021

Economic growth

MOODY’S Investors Service expects Pakistan’s economy to grow by a modest 1.5pc in FY2021, much higher than the...
15 Jan 2021

Madressah students

GETTING students of madressahs involved in politics is a bad idea, primarily because seminarians should be...