Tanzania arrests 104 Islamists who were going to build radical bases in Cabo Delgado

Tanzanian police arrested 104 suspects in northern Mozambique, where more than 100 people were killed in radical attacks since October last year.

Officials in Tanzania, a border country with Mozambique, have arrested 104 Islamists suspected of building radical bases in the Mozambican region of Cabo Delgado. In this northern region of Mozambique, more than 100 people have been murdered - many of them beheaded - in attacks by radical Islamist groups since October 2017, Reuters reported.

Forty attacks have been reported in the region since October 2017 in Cabo Delgado, a region near the border with Tanzania where large companies are developing one of the largest natural gas prospects of the last decade.

Tanzania police inspector Simon Sirro told in a press conference that the authorities have launched several operations in the country against radical Islamists but some of them managed to flee to Mozambique. "Some were arrested, some died, and some, few, escaped. Those who escaped were those who tried to cross the border into Mozambique to establish bases there," said the official. Of the 104 suspects now detained, many admitted to the plan that they were going to carry out. "After being questioned many of them said they would join radical Islamic bases," said Simon Sirro.

Earlier this month Mozambican justice indicted 189 suspects, many of them foreigners, for alleged involvement in the terrorist attacks in Cabo Delgado.

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