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Fake politicians recruit jihadists, says Mozambique president

Filipe Nyusi

Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has said there are people pretending to be politicians in order to recruit young people into the ranks of militant jihadists.

The militants have been carrying out attacks in the north of the country since 2017.

Speaking at a military graduation ceremony, the president added that the government was aware of the phenomenon and those found to have been involved will be tried and sentenced.

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“Those [people], when we capture them, their place is the jail,” Mr Nyusi said.

He also highlighted that his army was making some advances against the militants in the north of the country, which have resulted in the arrest of some jihadists and their leaders, as well as the weapons they used.

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