Maputo: THE US Embassy in Maputo has issued a security travel warning to parts of Mozambique following reports of electoral violence and armed conflict attacks in Cabo Delgado, reports said
“Due to ongoing extremist violence in districts north of Pemba, Cabo Delgado Province, recent violence against civil society groups in Xai Xai, Gaza Province, and credible threats in Nampula City, Nampula Province, the embassy encourages U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to these areas,” the embassy website reads.
Mozambique’s general elections are scheduled for Tuesday.
Independent election observer groups claim 38 people have died in the run-up to the elections to date.
“While the U.S. Embassy expects the elections to be relatively calm throughout most of the country and recognises the Government of the Republic of Mozambique is working diligently to ensure elections are safe and orderly, we remind U.S. citizens to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings,” the alert adds.
The document recommends avoiding polling stations and government buildings on Election Day as well as avoiding demonstrations and unexpected crowds.
The wave of violence in Cabo Delgado (2,000 kilometres north of Maputo, in the far north of Mozambique, near the border with Tanzania) came to attention following an armed attack on police stations in Mocímboa da Praia in October 2017 all blamed on Islamic extremists.
A recent study of Islamist insurgency found that the rebels are funded by the illegal trafficking in timber and rubies.
Muslims make up about 18% of Mozambique’s population
Source: Lusa/Additional Reporting by AllNetAfrica