Militants capture key port in gas-rich N Mozambique: Sources Aug 13, 2020 0 1352 12345 AFPMaputoIslamist militants occupied a key port in gas-rich northern Mozambique on Wednesday following days of renewed attacks, a military source and local media said.“The port of Mocimboa da Praia was captured by the terrorists at dawn,” the Moz24Horas website reported Wednesday.A military source told AFP that the small town and its port had “fallen”.The small town Mocimboa da Praia lies less than 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of Afungi peninsula where the liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility, one of Africa’s biggest single investment projects, is located.The port is currently the main source of traffic for the gas project.Northern Mozambique has been hit by a jihadist insurgency since 2017 that has killed more than 1,000 people and complicated the country’s plans to develop its offshore gas reserves.The military sources said the jihadists hit one vessel with a rocket propelled grenade.“I’ve been told that the insurgents sank one of the boats bought by former president” Armando Guebuza, the source said, adding: “The situation is complicated.” Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Two dead in Bangalore violence over anti-Islam Facebook post Aug 13, 2020 0 427 Philippines’ Duterte says will be Russia vaccine ‘guinea pig’ as talks begin Aug 13, 2020 0 459 Prosecution says to grill ministers over Beirut blast Aug 13, 2020 0 387 Mali forces fire tear gas to clear Bamako protesters AFP Bamako Security forces in Mali’s capital fired tear gas Wednesday to clear hundreds of protesters from a central square, where they had camped overnight following a protest demanding the president’s resignation. .. Iranian president warns against arms embargo extention DPA Tehran Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has threatened consequences if the UN Security Council prolongs an arms embargo against Iran at the behest of the United States. UN resolution 2231, which is part of the 2015 .. Iraq cancels Turkish defence minister’s visit after deadly strike DPA Baghdad Iraq cancelled a visit set for Thursday by the Turkish defence minister to Baghdad after a deadly airstrike in Kurdistan allegedly carried out by Turkey. Turkey frequently launches attacks in northern Iraq, .. Syria’s Al-Assad interrupts speech due to drop in blood pressure Damascus Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday was forced to interrupt his address to the recently elected parliament due to a slight drop in blood pressure, according to a presidential statement. Al-Assad’s .. Israel shrinks Palestinian fishing zone in response to arson balloons DPA Gaza Strip/Tel Aviv Israel on Wednesday restricted the permitted fishing zone off the Palestinian territory in response to incendiary balloons being launched into southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in recent .. Belgian tycoon cedes control of DR Congo bank Kinshasa Belgian tycoon George Forrest has sold his majority stake in the Commercial Bank of the Congo (BCDC) to Kenya’s Equity Group Holdings, the Kenyan firm announced Wednesday. The Forrest group has operated in the ..