Dec 7, 2022

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Mozambique arrests 5 Somalis in drug trafficking ring

Mozambican police arrested five Somalis suspected of being part of a network of kidnappers and drug dealers in the coastal town of Beira in Sofala province on Wednesday.

According to police spokesman Daniel Macuacua, the Somalis detained fake identity documents.

The papers included six Kenyan passports, 13 Mozambican asylum application cards, seven Mozambican and Kenyan ID cards, and four Mozambican travel documents.

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Mr Macuacua added that police are also investigating a ring of officers who allowed the group entry and access to the documents.

“During further investigation, it was discovered that they have relationships with some local employees, which likely facilitates the issuance of these documents have,” said Mr. Macuacua.

Mozambique is considered a transit point for thousands of the migrants who cross the country’s borders annually to South A Frica, the largest economy in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and one of the leading ones on the continent.

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In October, Mozambique’s National Migration Service arrested 53 migrants for illegally staying in the central Tete Province.

Among the illegal immigrants were 50 Malawians and three Ethiopians aged between 17 and 30.