04/14/2020 Mozambique (International Christian Concern) – A jihadist group in Northern Mozambique has declared that they “want a government from Allah”, according to videos released by the group. In the video, a member of the group is seen giving a speech to a group of citizens who had been rounded up and forced to listen. The video seems to have taken place in the town of Mocimboa da Praia, a key location in the northern district of Cabo Delgado.
Mocimboa da Praia was the first town that the group made an appearance in in late 2017. Locally known as al-Shabab, the group seems to have started in this area of Northern Mozambique. Though they share the same name as the larger Somalian terror group, there does not seem to be any relationship. What they do share though is a goal for full Sharia law to guide the government in their region. This would be bad for Christians who would definitely be made lower class citizens and would likely be persecuted for their faith.
With this declaration, the group is claiming a political agenda for the first time. Up until this point, there has been stated purpose behind the attacks that have been taking place. The group has attack numerous times, killing roughly 700 people and displacing nearly 200,000 people since they started in 2017.
Though they have this new declaration, it is unclear if they are working with any other groups or larger organizations from around the world. Recently, ISIS has formed a new wing in Central Africa, called Islamic State Central African Province (ISCAP). This group has claimed responsibility for several attacks in recent months, including the one where this video was likely taken. If this is the case, then al-Shabab may have the support of a much larger terror group, which could be bad for the local population and the Mozambique government.
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