For several days, soldiers have been trying to retake this strategic port city, which fell into the hands of the rebels on the night of March 26-27.
A name ” important” Soldiers said on Sunday, April 4, that during the operation, the Mozambican army shot down the rebels and took back the city of Palma (northeast), which fell into the hands of jihadist groups after the bloody attack on March 24.
“It’s not over yet (…) But a large number of terrorists were shot to death”Chongo Vidigal, the commander of Operation Palma, told the footage of the reporter on board.
Eleven days ago, armed groups attacked the strategic port city in a well-prepared raid, which was only a few kilometers away from the multi-billion-euro large-scale natural gas project led by the French group Total.
In this city of 75,000 inhabitants, the military added that he felt “The smell of terrorist corpses”. The video shows that there are still several bodies lying on the street, houses in ruins and vehicles in ashes. There are also civilians collecting food.
The Islamic State (IS) group claimed that the attack occurred and officially killed dozens of civilians, police and soldiers. The actual number of victims is not yet known. The French group Total has evacuated its staff from its gas station on the Afonqui Peninsula, and the multi-billion-euro project has come to a standstill.
For several days, the soldiers have been trying to regain Palma, which fell into the hands of the rebels on the night of March 26-27. The previous attack was considered the largest escalation since the outbreak of violence in more than three years.
Thousands of soldiers have been deployed, but since the first attack in 2017, government forces have been unable to effectively fight the rebels in the impoverished Kapo Delgado province bordering the Tanzanian border.
They are known locally as “Al-Chabab” (young people, in Arabic) and are loyal to the Islamic State group.
According to the latest attack by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), about 11,000 people have been displaced. According to the United Nations, more than 670,000 people have been forced to leave their homes due to violence in the region. Before the attack on Palma, the NGO Acled had recorded 2,600 deaths, half of which were civilians.