On March 23, ISIS militants attacked the town of Mocimboa de Praia destroying local army and police positions and looting banks and equipment depots. The town is a key logistical hub near the developing $60bn natural gas project Rovuma Basin, off the Indian Ocean coast of Cabo Delgado. They were in control of the town for over than 24 hours before police and the army reportedly recaptured it.
On March 25, ISIS cells entered the village of Quissanga. Images circulating on social media show armed fighters waving the black ISIS standard outside the local police station. Militants wounded and killed several security forces members and captured a local weapon depot.
The army and security forces of Mozambique seem to be unable to react to ISIS attacks fast enough and contain the terrorist threat. If the situation develops in this direction and further, a part of the province may appear under the direct control of terrorists.
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