SAMIM reduces terrorist base to “rubble”, kills 17


The southern African regional military force in Mozambique mounted a successful operation against Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah (ASWJ) at the weekend, eliminating a base and killing 17 “terrorists” recording a fatality in the joint SAMIM/FADM team allocated the task.

A SAMIM (SADC Mission in Mozambique) communique has it the base south of Chitama in Cabo Delgado’s Nangade district was apparently under the command of Sheikh Dr Njile North. “During the operation the base was reduced to rubble by SAMIM forces.”

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Three SAMIM soldiers were wounded during the offensive according to Major Nathalie Mfaladi, and one killed. Casualties were the fatality, two injured from the Tanzanian People’s Defence Force and one injured from the Lesotho Defence Force.

A day later combined SAMIM/FADM (Forḉas Armadas de Defesa de Moḉambique) “had contact with terrorists south of Mesalo River where they have suspected bases”. That contact saw one fatality, on the ASWJ side, and three rifles confiscated. A teacher, suspected of being either an ASWJ sympathiser or member, was captured and will face interrogation.

SAMIM currently comprises elements from the defence forces of Southern African Development Community (SADC) states Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, South Africa and Tanzania with a thousand Rwandan troops also assisting in countering the insurgency in northern Mozambique.

The mandate of the 1 495-strong South African contingent in SAMIM ends in mid-October. With three weeks left on the Presidential order authorising the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) into the regional bloc mission there has, as yet, been no indication of any extension or movement of additional South African military personnel and equipment to Mozambique.

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