Explainer: Who are the Al-Shabab militants terrorising northern Mozambique?

A violent rebellion battering northern Mozambique entered its fourth year this month, having so far claimed more than 2,000 lives and displaced at least 310,000 civilians.It is waged by a shadowy group known locally as Al-Shabab, which a year ago pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group, but its leadership remains largely unclear and its motives were only recently revealed.Drawing from an array of sources including security, military, intelligence experts and specialists reports, AFP has pieced together some key elements on what is known so far about the group.Roots of rebellion…

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