Mozambican army announced Wednesday the killing of two senior insurgent leaders, including a vice commander

Mozambican army announced Wednesday the killing of two senior insurgent leaders, including a vice commander

The battle against insurgency in Mozambique’s gas-rich northernmost province, Cabo Delgado, has witnessed a significant development.

The Mozambican army announced the killing of two senior insurgent leaders, shedding light on the ongoing struggle against militants affiliated with the Islamic State group.

This incident marks an important step in the fight against terrorism but also raises questions about the stability of the region.

Insurgent Leaders Killed: A Successful Operation

The Mozambican defence forces (FADM) declared the killing of two notable figures within the terrorist group Al Sunna Wall Jammat.

The slain leaders were Abu Kital, the deputy commander of operations, and Ali Mahando, who held vital positions within the group.

Their deaths represent a notable achievement in the battle against insurgency in the region.

A Dangerous Ambush: The Circumstances of the Attack

According to the FADM, an ambush was initiated by the insurgent group in a district of Cabo Delgado.

The defense force’s vehicle overturned on a bridge and caught fire during the skirmish.

Despite the precarious situation, the security forces escaped unharmed, and the insurgent leaders were killed in the ensuing fight.

The exact date of the incident is unclear, though other reports suggest it occurred on Tuesday.

The Ongoing Insurgency: Background and Impact

The insurgency in Cabo Delgado began in October 2017 when fighters linked to the Islamic State attacked coastal areas near the Tanzanian border.

Since then, the conflict has claimed at least 4,737 lives, with nearly half being civilians.

Approximately a million people have been displaced, highlighting the human toll of this ongoing struggle.

International Intervention: Support from Rwanda and SADC

In a concerted effort to strengthen the Mozambican military, thousands of troops from Rwanda and the SADC regional bloc were deployed in July 2021.

This support has helped the Mozambican forces retake control of significant parts of Cabo Delgado, resulting in a decrease in jihadist attacks, despite occasional low-level incidents.

Economic Impact: LNG Project and Future Plans

The instability in the region has also had economic ramifications.

TotalEnergies halted its $20 billion LNG project two years ago after a deadly raid.

Although Mozambique’s president Filipe Nyusi indicated that conditions were suitable for work to resume, TotalEnergies has yet to commit to restarting the project.


The killing of the two insurgent leaders by the Mozambican army marks a vital victory in a battle that continues to impact both the people and economy of the region.

While this success may signal progress in restoring stability, the complex nature of the insurgency and its far-reaching consequences demand sustained attention and action.

The interplay between military, economic, and humanitarian considerations in Cabo Delgado offers a multifaceted challenge that requires a comprehensive and nuanced approach.

It is an ongoing situation that continues to test the resilience and strategic capabilities of Mozambique and its allies.