Located in Cabo Delgado in the northern part of Mozambique, ‘1st May’ is 10- kilometer away from Macimboa da Praia considered the stronghold for rebels behind insecurity in the country.
Rwanda recently on 9th July 2021 started the deployment of 1000 troops of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) and the Rwanda National Police (RNP) to Mozambique to fight rebel groups linked the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The group sometimes calls themselves al-Shabaab, although they do not have known links with the Somali al-Shabaab.
The situation started worsening in October 2017 when armed extremists linked ISIL launched an insurgency in the Cabo Delgado region of Mozambique.
Since then, Mozambique Defence Armed Forces have been battling the extremists while many civilians were displaced by the fighting.
Following different attacks, the militants seized the port town of Mocimboa da Praia August 2020.
They have been also plotting attacks to neighboring countries including Tanzania from the base.
Today’s fighting saw RDF killing four insurgents and seizing weapons including four RPGs, 3 SMGs and various documents. Rwandan troops have vanquished rebels from ‘1st May’ after maneuvering through Njama.
The attack has been plotted in 65 kilometers away from Afungi airport protected by personnel from RNP.
Afungi is among two major mobility corridors that Rwandan and Mozambican troops have maneuvered through to reach Mocimboa da Praia considered the stronghold for rebels.
Today’s attack leaves ‘1st May’ in the hands of RDF becoming an addition to "Quelimane 2" and other areas of concentration seized from rebels.
It is expected that displaced citizens will return home after quelling insurgents in Mocimboa da Praia.
Rwanda deployed troops to Mozambique to fight insurgency following the request of President Filipe Nyusi.
The forces were expected to join hands with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) troops which also arrived in Mozambique but have not yet started operations.