(Daily Star) – ISIS-linked jihadis are becoming “more confident” in a new battleground and could soon seize vital oil reserves. The oil-rich Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, southern Africa, has witnessed a series of brutal attacks since 2017,
with hundreds of thousands displaced. Locals refer to the armed group as the Machababos or Al Shabaab, but the ISIS-affiliated group calls itself Al-Sunnah Wa Jama’ah. Back in August, militants temporarily captured the port town of Mocimboa da Praia, in the province of Cabo Delgado, and told locals it would be their new capital.
Last November, Islamist extremists beheaded more than 50 people in the north of the country after turning a football pitch into an “execution ground”. Terror expert Tore Hamming,
PhD in Jihadism and a non-resident fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King’s College, says the jihadis have become more brazen in recent years. He told the Daily Star: “The group has become much more confident, conducting several attacks at the same time and more actively engaging government forces. READ MORE