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AU Calls For Urgent Action After Mozambique Jihadist Attack

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Militant Islamists 'Beheaded 12' In Mozambique Town

The African Union (AU) has on Thursday called for urgent and coordinated international action against jihadist attack that killed dozens and uprooted thousands on the northern Mozambican coastal town of Palma.

AU chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat expressing his concern in a statement, said he “condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks” as he called for an “urgent and coordinated regional and international action” against the international extremist groups in southern Africa.

Last week, Mozambique’s government confirmed dozens of civilians were killed following an attack on the town of Palma in the northern part of the country.

The jihadists captured Palma, ransacking buildings and beheading residents and forcing thousands to seek safety in the surrounding forest.

Meanwhile, also in response to the attack, Southern African Development Community (SADC) held emergency talks in Harare to discuss the violence, as Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi vowed the regional bloc would “respond in a helpful manner that we assure the integrity and sovereignty of one of our own, never to be assaulted by dissident, rebellious and non-state actor forces that undermine the democratic credentials and peace in the region.”

Also on Wednesday, the Mozambican Oil and Gas Chamber called on the international community to support the government of Mozambique in its efforts to deal with terrorism in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

The group in a statement that strongly condemned the March 25 terrorist attacks in the town of Palma said “terrorism is a global problem and Mozambique must therefore not be left to deal with it alone.”

Following the coordinated attack seen as the biggest escalation of an Islamist insurgency that has battered Cabo Delgado province since 2017, dozens have been killed, more than 8,000 displaced and many more are still missing.

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Thousands Facing Hunger Over Mozambique Crisis – UN

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The United Nations says thousands of people are facing hunger as a result of the crisis in Mozambique. Several days of attacks in Palma last month were targeted at foreign workers and expatriates. Reports say the attacks have caused tens of thousands to flee.  Jihadists killed dozens of people in the five-day assault. At least 50,000 have been displaced – some to remote areas.

UN World Food Programme says the crisis in northern Mozambique is adding to a growing humanitarian crisis in the region. The agency says close to a million persons affected by the conflict in northern Mozambique are facing severe hunger, many lacking proper shelter.  The agency says malnutrition among children is also on the rise.

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Nigeria Heightens Security On Border With Chad

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Nigeria’s minister of defence Bashir Magashi says the country has heightened security on its border with chad following president Idris Deby’s killing by rebels.

The minister says this is because of external threats that would come from the influx of refugees. Magashi says only Nigerians living in Chad will be allowed back into the country.

Nigeria borders Chad in the north-east where Boko Haram militants have been active recently. Chadian soldiers have been part of the troops battling insecurity in west Africa.

Chad is seen as an important country to the international efforts to combat insecurity in the west African region.

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Ghana: NCA To Shut Down 49 TV Stations For Operating Without License

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Ghana has shut down what it called 49 illegal television stations. The National Communications Authority says broadcasting by too many stations would affect signals. Authorities say the TV stations were being shut down because they were unlicensed. They say the action will ensure efficient use of the country’s broadcasting spectrum.

At least 146 TV channels are currently authorized to operate.

The process of shutting down unlicensed stations is being done in collaboration with the police and intelligence agents.

The NCA says it continuously monitors satellite free-to-air television platforms.

More than 50 radio stations were shut down in a similar exercise in 2017.

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