Northern Mozambique armed violence intensifies

The number of cases of armed violence in Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique has been increasing and could become a real threat to the security of the region, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stated.

The UNODC has held a high-level consultation with the Mozambique authorities to discuss the issue of the terrorist groups threatening the stability of the region and to adjust the national terrorism response action plan to the threats.

The UNODC Director of Terrorism Prevention, Massood Karimipor, explained that the criminals used the gaps in the borders and surveillance in general, especially in the northern Cabo Delgado province, to raise funds and mobilise criminal activities.

He added that the UNODC was ready to provide assistance to the state to prevent and fight against terrorism.

“In recent years, provinces in the coastal region have become gateways for the entry and exit for illicit goods such as drugs arriving from Afghanistan,” UNODC’s representative in Mozambique César Guedes added.

The problem of terrorism in Mozambique has to be resolved by the joint efforts of all countries in the region. The increase of the terrorist attacks may later cause trouble not only to Mozambique but also to South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar. The SADC region has to solve the problem before it becomes international.

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