Report: 516 suspected terrorists detained in Tanzania to be repatriated to Mozambique

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MAPUTO, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- A total of 516 individuals allegedly involved in terrorist activities in Mozambique's northern province of Cabo Delgado detained in Tanzania will be extradited to Mozambique for trial, Mozambique's daily newspaper Noticias reported on Monday.

The suspected terrorists entered Tanzania in hope of fleeing offensives by Mozambique's Defense and Security Forces, but ended up being detained by Tanzanian authorities, the paper said.

Police authorities of the two countries signed a memorandum of understanding last weekend in Tanzania on the repatriation of the detainees, including suspected terrorists and related collaborators, the report said.

"The document sets out, as a key objective, to bring all detained indicted in the country, to the court of justice," said Bernardino Rafael, general commander of the Police of Republic of Mozambique.

Rafael said the detainees include Mozambicans, Tanzanians, Somalis, Ugandans, Congolese, Rwandans and Burundians.

He thanked Tanzania for "all the information and collaboration... made available to us." Enditem

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