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'Zimbabwean contract killer faces competition in Mozambique'

by Mandla Ndlovu
08 Jun 2020 at 20:26hrs | Views
The Mozambican government is reported to have hired a Dubai based private military contractor to compete with the Dyck Advisory Group (DAG) owned by Zimbabwe's Retired Colonel Lionel Dyck  in fighting the Islamic terrorists.

Senior journalist Brezhnev Malaba who has been reporting on the Mozambique developments said, "The tough-as-nails Zimbabwean mercenary Lionel Dyck could soon face stiff competition in Mozambique where the authorities are now seriously exploring the idea of hiring a Dubai-based Western mercenary outfit to join the war on Islamist insurgents up north in Cabo Delgado.

"Dyck has so far played a decisive role in providing helicopter gunship firepower which has pushed back the insurgents. The Dubai outfit has access to 6 chopper gunships, drone technology and is led by a former Australian air force pilot, assisted by a prominent South African mercenary."

Malaba added that fuel giant Total had hired another private contractor to secure their assets.

"As the violence in Cabo Delgado escalates, Total, the French oil giant, has recruited a former military officer to spearhead security at its sites in that strife-torn province. But can the Dubai-based Western mercenaries taste success where Russian dogs of war surrendered & ran away?"

Since 2017 there have been dozens of attacks in Mozambique, mainly focussed on the Cabo Delgado region, with hundreds killed - more than 900, according to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project. According to the Institute for Security Studies, the upsurge in brutal violence in northern Mozambique, including the beheadings of women and children, has sounded alarms that a violent jihadist movement is evolving.

According to its website, the DAG directors and senior management have a long history of providing bespoke solutions having undertaken security-based operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Central African Republic, Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique, for a variety of high profile clients and activities have included securing of Embassies, Airports, VVIP individuals, World Cup Cricket venues, government construction sites and Mines.

DAG also prides itself of having a large pool of ex-military personal from various nationalities to call upon, all with previous experience of undertaking security operations in hostile environments. Their security staff can be provided either armed or unarmed depending on the clients requirements and the operating environment.

Source - Byo24News