Mozambique has formally asked the European Union for support to battle Islamist militants in its gas-rich northern province of Cabo Delgado. The BBC reports that it has requested support in logistics and specialised training for its soldiers. The southern African nation has been fighting the insurgents for three years with little success. The government has lost control of three coastal districts, with the country’s Foreign Affairs Minister Veronica Macamo having written to Brussels requesting the support after the EU expressed its willingness to assist.