A pre-dawn attack in Mozambique’s northern province of Cabo Delgado on Monday caught the attention of analysts for being more daring than previous assaults.
Islamist insurgents reportedly arrived by both sea and land and occupied the district of Mociboa da Praia. The group attacked a defense forces barracks, over which they hoisted their black flag, according to police spokesman, Orlando Modumane.
The group raided the local police station and set prisoners free. It also burned houses and destroyed a school. Dozens of people fled to the local hospital and mosques. The insurgents built barricades on the main roads leading to the town.
They controlled the municipality’s airbase, the port and the police stations for most of the day. Military sources accused them of taking weapons and vehicles.