Low Convictions Alarming As Insurgency Intensifies in Mozambique

The latest attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents on the island of Vamisse in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado represents a significant escalation since the group's emergence in 2017, underscoring its growing capacity to disrupt foreign investment in the area. Over half of the suspected insurgents arrested to date have been acquitted, "because the police did not provide enough evidence for the court to convict". According to police reports, 250 alleged insurgents have been tried by the provincial court, but only 120 have been convicted. In recent months, militants have stepped up their attacks in Cabo Delgado, threatening stability in southern Africa.

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