POLICE REFUTE MEDIA REPORTS OF I.S. TERRORIST THREAT IN NORTHERN MOZAMBIQUE

MAPUTO–The Mozambican police have categorically denied reports in a South African newspaper that terrorists from the self-styled Islamic State (Daesh), or ISIS, have infiltrated northern Mozambique.

The Lowvelder newspaper, published in Mbombela, capital of the eastern South African province of Mpumalanga, claimed that a group of 90 well trained ISIS fighters had infiltrated the northern part of Mozambique last month and had made their way to the port of Nacala in Nampula province.

Citing unnamed intelligence sources, the newspaper claimed the group had infiltrated from Zanzibar via mainland Tanzania and suggested that the jihadists may try to join forces with Renamo rebels in a united front against the Frelimo government of Mozambique.

There are no other details at all about this supposed jihadist infiltration, and the writer seems quite unaware that the real jihadist activities have taken place in Mocimboa da Praia district in Cabo Delgado province, which is nowhere near Nacala.

As for linking up with Renamo, Mozambique’s main opposition party, there has never been any sign that the Renamo leadership is remotely interested in Islamic fundamentalism.

Reacting to the report on Saturday, the spokesperson for the Mozambican police, Inacio Dina, categorically denied that there had been any ISIS infiltration. He pointed out that the country’s land and sea borders are protected by the Frontier Guards, and the Coastal, Lake and River Police, who work closely with the other defence and security forces.

They are protecting Mozambique’s borders, and have not noticed the entry of any group corresponding to the brief description given by Lowvelder.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK