In Mozambique, Islamic State rebels were killed by lions and devoured after a battle with pro-government forces over huge gas reserves.
The ISIS-affiliated jihadists, known by the US as ISIS-Mozambique, were attacked and killed by lions and crocodiles as they fled a military operation after attacking villages in the north Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado.
Four jihadists who were involved in recruiting and radicalizing people were reportedly captured by Mozambican forces, who also claimed to have lost 16 more.
Some people died from gunshot wounds, but others were attacked by snakes, buffaloes, lions, and crocodiles, according to local police commander Bernardino Rafael.
According to The Times, he told the locals, “Some of them died having been hit by bullets from our forces and others due to attacks by animals like snakes, buffaloes, lions, and even crocodiles.”
On Wednesday, he met with citizens of the Quissanga district in the country of southern Africa’s Cabo Delgado province, which is located in the north.
“They have gunshot wounds and are dying… By using our weapons, we wounded a lot of them. But even animals help the Islamist insurgents perish, he continued, as reported by BBC World Africa.
He claimed that some of the jihadists who had died from recent and prior injuries, as well as some who had been eaten by animals, were being buried by the population under the supervision of the authorities.
The third-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) reserves on the continent are the cause of the increased violence in Cabo Delgado since 2017.
To exploit these reserves, several western companies have received some of the largest investments in Africa, totaling billions of dollars. One of these is a $20 billion project by the French company Total Energies. But in March of last year, the project was put on hold following a raid on the coastal town of Palma.
In order to lessen reliance on Russian gas, the EU has also declared that it will increase support for a military mission in Africa.
At least 24 nations, including Rwanda, which has an army engaged in peacekeeping operations, have sent troops to help Mozambique.
According to BBC World Africa, Rwanda sent its first 1,000 troops in July 2021 and quickly cleared insurgents from strategic locations.
Over 4,000 people have already died in Cabo Delgado, and 950,000 people have been forced from their homes. The only region of Mozambique with a majority of Muslims is the province that borders Tanzania, and it has received little attention.