There has been speculation in the Mozambican media in recent weeks about the lack of any intervention against the insurgents by the Tanzanian government and armed forces. It is being asked: are they simply failing to act, or are they actually supporting the insurgents? Local residents are questioning why the Tanzanian authorities and security forces refuse entry to civilian refugees fleeing the fighting, and yet insurgents apparently cross the border with impunity. A group (see photo below) of more than 100 insurgents was seen crossing into Tanzania near the Namoto forest on 5 May.

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