Tanzania detains individuals attempting to hitch Islamist insurgency in Mozambique

Tanzania’s police stated on Thursday they’d arrested an unspecified variety of individuals suspected of planning to hitch Islamist militants in neighbouring Mozambique.

The Islamist insurgency raging in northern Mozambique spilled over the border for the primary time in October when about 300 militants carried out an assault on a village in southern Tanzania. The insurgency has hyperlinks to Islamic State.

“We now have arrested individuals coming from Kigoma, Mwanza and elsewhere,” police chief Simon Sirro informed reporters. Kigoma is in western Tanzania and Mwanza is within the north of the nation.

“They stated they have been going to Mozambique… They wish to be a part of that (Islamist) group. The goal of that group is dangerous… They need to cease this insane behaviour. In the event that they don’t cease they may find yourself useless or face authorized measures,” Sirro stated.

Though Sirro didn’t specify the variety of these arrested he stated “many Tanzanians, many youths” had been taken into custody.

Sirro stated police had found that some native individuals had additionally been concerned within the October assault, serving to the militants to determine homes that have been set on fireplace. A few of those that aided the assault have additionally been detained, he stated.

Islamic State claimed the October assault in a message on considered one of its Telegram channels on Oct. 15. It stated its fighters had attacked a military barracks within the village a day earlier, killing various personnel and capturing weapons and ammunition.