Dozens survive deadly shipwreck off Mozambique coast

MAPUTO, June 7 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Twelve people were reported to have died, including several children, when a boat sank in the bay of Pemba off northern Mozambique.

Thirty-five people survived after swimming ashore on Wednesday.

But they were then apprehended by the police on suspicion that they could be recruits to a militant group that has been mounting attacks in Cabo Delgado province.

A new report by the UN says displacement of Mozambique’s civilian population has risen rapidly in recent months as the militants have stepped up their attacks.

Military units respond firmly to terrorist attacks in Mozambique: president

MAPUTO, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said Sunday that the country's military units are responding firmly and bravely to the terrorist attacks in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.

Speaking to the national radio station while on a work visit in that province over the weekend, Nyusi said the results of military operations are encouraging.

Mozambique secures $309 million funding from IMF for coronavirus fight

WASHINGTON, April 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has approved a disbursement of $309 million to help Mozambique meet urgent balance of payment and fiscal needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

African nations including Mozambique have become heavily indebted in the past decade and are seeking support from the IMF, World Bank and European Union for wide-ranging debt relief.

52 villagers killed by militants in northern Mozambique

MAPUTO, April 22 (NNN-AGENCIES) — A shadowy militant group that has terrorised northern Mozambique killed 52 villagers on April 7 after locals refused to be recruited to their ranks, according to police cited by local media Tuesday.

“Recently, the criminals tried to recruit young people to join their ranks, but there was resistance on the part of the youths. This provoked the anger of the criminals, who indiscriminately killed — cruelly and diabolically — 52 young people,” police spokesman Orlando Mudumane told the state-owned broadcasting service.

Mozambique expels suspected Brazilian drug lord ‘Fuminho’

MAPUTO, April 20 (NNN-AGENCIES) — One of Brazil’s most wanted criminals has been sent home from Mozambique to face justice.

Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos was allegedly a leader of one of Brazil’s most powerful criminal groups – São Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) drug gang.

The alleged drug baron known as ‘Fuminho’, had been on the run for more than two decades.

He is accused of overseeing the flow of cocaine around the world.

Fugitive Brazilian gang leader arrested in Mozambique, after two decades on the run

MAPUTO, April 15 (NNN-AGENCIES) — One of Brazil’s most wanted criminals has been arrested in Mozambique after spending more than two decades on the run, officials say.

Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos, known as Fuminho, is accused of running drug trafficking operations for one of Brazil’s most powerful gangs.

The 49-year-old was arrested in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, on Monday in an international sting operation.

It was carried out by Interpol, US drug officials and Brazilian federal police.

President of Mozambique declares state of emergency

MAPUTO, March 30 (Xinhua) -- President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi on Monday declared a state of emergency due to COVID-19 for 30 days, starting from April 1.

In his speech to the nation, broadcast live on national television and radio, the president said the decision had been sent to the parliament for ratification.

Mozambique: Militants attack second town in gas-rich region

MAPUTO, March 27 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Insurgents have attacked a second town in the gas-rich northern province in Mozambique where foreign companies are working on a $60bn natural gas project.

The militants attacked the town of Quissanga at dawn on Wednesday, two days after they attacked Mocimboa de Praia town in the province of Cabo Delgado.

The district police headquarters was raided and destroyed during the attack, a police officer said.

Sixty-four migrants die in the back of truck in Mozambique

MAPUTO (Reuters) - Sixty-four people believed to be migrants from Ethiopia have been found dead in a container attached to a truck in Mozambique, provincial migration authorities and the police said on Tuesday.

Police and immigration authorities stopped the truck en route from Malawi in the early hours of the morning in the province of Tete, bordered by Malawi on one side and Zimbabwe on the other, they said.

Election campaigns end in Mozambique ahead of Tuesday polls

MAPUTO, Oct 14 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Mozambique’s presidential candidates ended their 43-days of campaign on Sunday as the country prepares for Tuesday’s elections.

President Filipe Nyusi, who is seeking a second term, started the last campaign day in Nampula in the northeast and ended in Matola suburb in the capital, Maputo, in front of thousands of supporters.

His Frelimo party has ruled Mozambique since independence in 1975.

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