By Jorge Joaquim
The Armed Forces of Defence of Mozambique (FADM) shot down 20 terrorists on the island of Matemo, in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado, said the leader of the Mozambican troops, Joaquim Mangrasse.
Four members of the FADM were killed and two terrorists captured, he added.
The terrorists invaded last week the island of Matemo in the province of Cabo Delgado. 10 of them were imediately killed, the police announced last friday.
The Mozambican forces, when they became aware of the attack, sent air and naval forces to Matemo, he told the press on Thursday night.
The police said there was heavy fighting, in which, in addition to killing ten of the enemy, the Mozambican forces seized a variety of military equipment.
However, before the government press conference, Islamic State social media channels claimed insurgents engaged the government security forces and local militia, killing seven and wounding others.
The police said the terrorists were still on the island, passing themselves off as members of the local population. So the units of the defence and security forces had also stayed on Matemo “to clarify the situation”.
Faced with this situation, the commander said, no vessels are allowed to approach Matemo, for reasons of security. He urged the public to collaborate with the defence forces in this ongoing operation.