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EU to support military mission in Mozambique

The European Union says it will provide additional support to an African military mission in Mozambique, as Islamist attacks threaten gas projects meant to reduce the EU’s reliance on Russian energy.

The EU government on Thursday agreed to provide 15 million euros in support of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) mission to Mozambique (SAMIM), which is fighting an Islamist insurgency in the north of the country, close to rich gas fields.

Reuters report that the fund is in addition to 1.9 million euros already provided by the EU to SAMIM.

The funds will be used to acquire camp fortifications and storage containers, medical equipment, vehicles and boats, as well as technological devices.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu