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03/27/2020 Mozambique (International Christian Concern) – Over the past two weeks, gunmen have seized two towns in Northern Mozambique. The first of these attacks took place on Monday, March 23. The insurgents conducted a coordinated attack from both the sea and the land. Some of the militants approached the port town of Mocimboa da Praia.

This town is important to the country for its access to the sea, and is also located near an oil site that is worth billions of dollars. Despite this, the local population is very poor and often feels like the government does not care about them. The ISIS insurgents, part of the newly created Islamic State Central Africa Province (ISCAP), were able to push the military stationed in this town out and then raided all military and police locations. They were able to steal a lot of weapons, ammunition, and other supplies that will make them more effective in the future. After stealing government supplies, the group reportedly handed out some of these stolen items to the local population. This will help them gain more support and potential recruits in the future.

The group was then pushed back out of the town less than 48 hours later. Yet, the group was able to attack and secure a second town in the Northern part of Mozambique on Wednesday. They seized the district capital of Quissanga for several hours while destroying government property and stealing supplies. These attacks show that ISIS now has a strong affiliate in Central Africa who has access to Mozambique, Central African Republic and other poor, small nations in Africa. Please pray for those who live in these areas to remain safe and for the government to figure out how to effectively deal with this terrorist group.

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