A spate of attacks by Islamists – including the dramatic seizure of a port town – have left the people “terrified” of a growing campaign of insurgency, according to a leading bishop.

After the brief capture of Mocímboa da Praia – a district capital of 20,000 inhabitants, in Cabo Delgado province, north Mozambique – Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa of Pemba told Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that more attacks were likely.

He said: “They [the militants] left a message that they would be returning. The people are afraid.

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