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Mozmbique: Security forces worried about involvement of women in terrorism .

July 5, 2021

By Jorge Joaquim

The Defence and Security Forces (FDS) are worried about the involvement of women in terrorism in Cabo Delgado province, where are being used to infiltrate communities.

Colonel Francisco Assane, the acting commander of the Afungi operational theatre in the province, said that women were being used to smuggle weapons into villages and towns.

A woman who was recently captured by the FDS in the village of Monjane, 6km away from the Afungi peninsula, told the press that she was employed to provide intelligence to the terrorists about FDS movements.

The woman said that she was working for the terrorists out of fear for her life and was paid MZN200 ($3.14) for each piece of information that she provided. She said to have a scar on her chest after she was attacked by a terrorist with a knife because she threatened to report them to the authorities.

On the other hand, Mozambican security forces killed 150 terrorists and captured another 39 in operations in Cabo Delgado last week.

Francisco Assane said that the casualties occurred between 21 and 23 June, when insurgents attacked government positions in the village of Monjane and the town of Palma.

The announcement is in line with reports of violence from refugees who have been arriving in Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado, in recent weeks.

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