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Islamist Insurgents Seize Mozambique Gas-Rich Region

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Mozambique Jihadists Seize Key Town In Cabo Delgado

Islamist insurgents are reported to have attacked Quissanga -a second town in Mozambique’s gas-rich northern province where foreign companies are working on a $60bn natural gas project. A police officer says, the district police headquarters was raided and destroyed during the attack.

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This comes two days after the militants attacked Mocimboa De Praia town in the same Cabo Delgado province.

The latest attack occurred despite the presence of the defence and interior ministers in the area who were dispatched there following Monday’s attack.

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Authorities are yet to comment on the latest attack.

Hundreds have been killed and thousands displaced during the three-year insurgency in Cabo Delgado.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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