Police Ban Use Of Firecrackers In Cabo Delgado
Maputo, 28 Dec (AIM) – The Mozambican Police (PRM) has announced a ban on the use of firecrackers during New Year celebrations in the northern Province of Cabo Delgado, following terrorist attacks that have been plaguing this province since 2017.
Eugenia Nhamussua, from the communication and image department of the Cabo Delgado provincial police command, made the announcement on Tuesday at a press conference held in the provincial capital, Pemba.
“The use and sale of pyrotechnical objects is prohibited”, she said.
According to Nhamussua, quoted by the Maputo daily “Notícias”, the measure aims to avoid incidents at a time when government forces are continuing operations to restore stability in the face of incursions by the jihadist groups who have terrorized communities for five years.
“If there is any insistence in purchasing or attempting to use firecrackers, we will be there”, she added.
The jihadist insurgency has led to a military response since July 2021 with support from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), expelling terrorists from districts near natural gas projects, but new waves of attacks have emerged in the south of the region and have spilled over into neighbouring Nampula province.
The conflict has left one million people displaced, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and about 4,000 dead.