By Jorge Joaquim
The United States government has designated an alleged military commander of the terrorist movement Islamic State (Isis) in Mozambique as a terrorist leader.
In a statement seen by Pan African Visions, secretary of state Anthony Blinken said that Bonomade Machude Omar, also known as Abu Sulayfa Muhammad and Ibn Omar, was the chief of the military and external affairs department of Isis in Mozambique.
According to the US State Department, Omar is in charge of all attacks led by Isis in northern Mozambique and he and Abu Yasir Hassan, the alleged leader of Isis in Mozambique, jointly led the attack on Palma on 24 March.
Omar was one of five people designated as terrorist leaders and accused of operating in various parts of Africa, according to the statement.
The designation means that the US government is demanding the freezing of their assets, and threatens anyone who provides financial services to the five with sanctions.
According to the Centre of Investigative Journalism in Mozambique, Omar is a Mozambican from Palma district in Cabo Delgado, who studied Islam abroad.