Following the brazen attack of Mocimboa da Praia last weekend, Mozambique’s defence forces, with support from foreign mercenaries, chased the Daesh affiliated Islamic insurgents who have been unleashing terror in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
In the aftermath of the attack, government forces went on the offensive on Wednesday and stormed a base with 30 hideouts of the insurgents holding around 400 terrorists in the Quissanga area, according to a report.
HumAngle learnt that “at least 100 Islamist insurgents were killed and a dozen Defence and Security Forces (DSF) personnel died in combat.”
In the northern province of Cabo Delgado, there was a fierce battle over the weekend in Mocimboa da Praia, according to a defence and security site that reports with some insider information.
On Wednesday, July 1, from 6:30a.m. to 7:40 p.m. the military launched an attack to restore order in the devastated ddistrics of Cabo Delgado, the report said.
The battleground was a base in the district of Quissanga, north of the village, about 10km from the N380 Road.
The base allegedly had about 400 terrorists who planned to attack Metuge and Mieze and possibly the ptovince’s capital, the port city of Pemba.
Sources said the military launched an artillery which pierced through the woods to the base and destroyed several enemy huts and logistics.
Around 2:10p.m. the Defence and Security Forces engaged the enemy at the entrance to their base for the final onslaught that lasted until around 19:40, sources said
“This engagement resulted in the following gains: More than 100 terrorists killed and countless wounded. About 30 huts destroyed or burned. The DSF continues to track down the criminals who are fleeing”,the source said, although this could not be officially verified.
Also, on his facebook account, Nuno Rogeiro, a portuguese political analyst and author of the book, “Cabo do Medo – Cape of Fear” about islamist terrorism in Cabo Delgado, also reported the operation in Quissanga. He said at least 100 insurgents were killed and a dozen DSF troops died in the operation.
“Between 6.40 a.m. and 20.00p.m. local time a series of major fighting took place in the Quissanga district, north of the village from Ntessa and southwest of the village Nanculamela, about 10-12 kms from the EN380. We continue in the vicinity of Bilibiza and Cajembe, where Daesh had other positions”, Rogeiro quoted a source on the frontline.
“Commands” and elements from other FADM-Mozambican army- units took on the Daesh “Base K” camp, which contained no less than 300 to 400 men, prepared for new offensive against Metuge, Mieze and perhaps Pemba.
“ Around 15.00p.m. the main combat on land took place, with the destruction of 27 shelters and the death of 100 elements of the terrorist group, seizure of arms and ammunition. There are a dozen casualties among the DSF, and scores of wounded on both sides.
“This operation was in response to the attack of Mocimboa da Praia on Saturday which resulted in violent confrontation between government forces and the insurgents. There is scarce information on the number of casualties among the security forces, the terrorist group and civillians as well the level of destruction,” he added.
The Daesh affiliatead Al-Surna terror group has been violently attacking Cabo Delgado since 2017. More than 1,000 people have died and over 200, 000 internally displaced by the crisis.