The Rwandan army said it had recaptured one of Africa’s largest natural gas projects, Mocimboa da Praia, from the rebels.

The Rwandan troops deployed to help the Mozambican army fight insurgents last month said on Sunday that they had regained control of the important northern port of Mocimboa da Praia from armed groups.

The Rwandan Defence Forces said in a tweet: “For more than two years, Mosimbo Aplaya, the main stronghold of the insurgency, has been occupied by Rwandan and Mozambican security forces.”

The army spokesman Ronald Rubivan and the school confirmed this to AFP, saying: “Yes [Mocimboa da Praia] Has fallen”.

This port town launched its first rebel attack in October 2017 and has become the de facto headquarters of rebel armed groups since last year, locally known as the Al-Shabaab.

Luviwanga said in a text message that Mocimboa da Praia “is the last stronghold of the insurgents, marking the end of the first phase of the counter-insurgency operation, which is driving the insurgents out of the stronghold.”

Rwanda sent 1,000 soldiers last month to support the Mozambican army, which has been struggling to regain control of the northern province of Cabo Delgado, one of Africa’s largest LNG projects.

Last week, the force announced its first success since its deployment, saying that they helped the Mozambican army regain control of Awasse, a small but strategic settlement near Mocimboa da Praia.





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