Mozambique: Regime forces kill leader of opposition faction

Source: Bloomberg

“Mozambican security forces killed the leader of a hardline rebel faction of the main opposition party who’d refused to join an international effort to demilitarize. Mariano Nhongo, leader of the so-called Renamo Military Junta, was killed in combat, Police Chief Bernardino Rafael told reporters Monday in the capital, Maputo. Nhongo’s death could help bring an end to the low-level conflict that’s damaged security in central Mozambique. It may also enable the government to concentrate its military resources in the northeastern Cabo Delgado province, where it’s fighting to consolidate gains against an insurgency linked to Islamic State.” (10/11/21)