The SADC mission says 17 terrorists operating in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region have been killed after SADC Forces destroyed their base in Chitama.

The SADC force is made up of soldiers from South Africa, Angola, Botswana and Zimbabwe.

It is assisting the Mozambican Defence Force fight insurgency and terrorism in the northern region.

The Chitama base was used by Al Sunnah wa Jama’ah insurgents. The neighbouring country has been battling insecurity since 2017 which has left more than 800 000 people displaced.

In a statement, the SADC Mission says Saturday’s battle in Chitama also left one of its members dead and three others injured. The hurt soldiers are said to be recovering well.

On Sunday – the force engaged in fire with another group of terrorists south of the Messalo River. One insurgent was killed and three rifles confiscated. Another terrorist has also been captured and is being questioned.

The SADC Force was deployed in July to join the Rwandan Military assist Mozambican efforts. Two districts have been secured by the RDF and residents have begun returning to their homes.

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