The Southern African Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) on Saturday exterminated 17 terrorists operating in Cabo Delgado province and destroying their base in Chitama.
The battle also left one of SAMIM’s members dead and three others wounded. The wounded soldiers are said to be fast recovering.
According to the statement, the forces on Sunday engaged in a gun battle with another group of terrorists south of Messalo River. One insurgent was killed and three rifles were recovered. Another terrorist has been captured and is being questioned.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries started deploying forces in July to assist the Mozambican Defence Force fight militancy and terrorism in the northern region.
Rwanda was the first to send 1,000 troops to Mozambique, followed by 296 from Botswana, while South Africa deployed 1,500 soldiers.
Zimbabwe also sent 304 military instructors to train Mozambican soldiers to fight the insurgents. Angola also forms part of the SAMIM.
By the end of July, Rwandan soldiers said they had fought a series of engagements against the extremists, resulting in the deaths of at least 30 insurgents.
On August 8, Rwandan forces took control of the key northern port of Mocimboa da Praia from the radical militants.
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