Mozambique says army killed 9 militants in restive north Oct 09, 2019 0 166 12345 Maputo: Mozambican soldiers killed nine “evildoers” in the volatile north ahead of general elections next week, the government has said, in the first ever official confirmation of an attack on militants.Suspected Islamists have conducted a slew of attacks on remote villages in Mozambique’s gas-rich, Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado province since October 2017. More than 300 people have been killed and sometimes beheaded, prompting President Filipe Nyusi to promise a crackdown on the assailants.Security forces have been patrolling the region since the start of the attacks. “Security forces (engaged in)... a fight against evildoers that resulted in the slaughter of nine of them,” on Saturday, the defence ministry said in a statement. Sources at the scene said army troops descended at night on a militant base in the forests around the village of Mitope, around 400 kilometres (248 miles) from the provincial capital Pemba. (AFP) RELATED ARTICLES Turkey ready for Syria offensive despite mixed Trump signals Oct 09, 2019 0 946 Iran opposes Syria military action, Zarif tells Turkey Oct 09, 2019 0 178 Iraq’s parliament meets after protests spark political crisis Oct 09, 2019 0 156 Hong Kong’s Lam says Chinese intervention can’t be ruled out dpa Hong Kong Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that Chinese intervention remains an option if anti-government unrest “becomes so bad” that calling on Beijing for help cannot be ruled out. In her weekly press .. Would welcome Kurds back into fold, says Damascus AFP Beirut Damascus is ready to welcome Syria’s Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday. Ankara has threatened an .. Turkey hits Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq Istanbul: Turkish air strikes hit Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq, Ankara’s defence ministry said Tuesday.The ministry said on Twitter that “nine terrorists were neutralised” in air strikes in the Hakurk .. Zuma’s son says not corrupt, but victim of S African political ‘storm’ Johannesburg: The son of South Africa’s ex-president Jacob Zuma, accused by witnesses of acting as a conduit in a major web of state graft, said on Tuesday he was not corrupt but a victim of political crossfire. Duduzane .. German defence minister visits soldiers in north-eastern Mali Gao: German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Tuesday visited German soldiers serving with the United Nations in Mali to learn about their mission in the West African country. The soldiers are based in .. Chinese govt blasts US blacklist of 28 entities over Xinjiang as ‘groundless’ AFP Beijing China hit back at the United States on Tuesday over the blacklisting of 28 Chinese entities accused of being implicated in rights violations against mostly Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, saying .. Iran to present regional peace plan for Strait of Hormuz ‘soon’ Tehran: Iran will be ready to present the details of its peace plan for the strategically important Strait of Hormuz “soon,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Tuesday. The plan, announced by President ..