(Bloomberg) -- The Southern African Development Community again extended its mission in Mozambique that’s been helping the government there for more than a year to fight an Islamic State-linked insurgency.

The 16-member bloc, which sent hundreds of soldiers to Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province that’s home to some of Africa’s biggest natural gas export projects, commented in a statement on its website on Thursday, without saying how long the deployment will last.

The group held a heads-of-state-summit in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on Wednesday. 

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