March 29, 2021 – 11:10
Dozens of people have died after an attack in northern Mozambique, said Omar Saranga, a government spokesman. Seven of them were killed trying to escape the siege of a hotel, he said.
Hundreds of others, both locals and foreigners, were reportedly rescued from the hotel. The area has been attacked by Islamic militants since March 24.
Witnesses said they were hiding while waiting to escape through the boats. According to them the beach was filled with headless bodies of people, reports BBC.
Hundreds of other people, locals and foreigners, have been evacuated from the city of Palma, a government spokesman told reporters on March 28.
Palma is a logistics hub for $ 60 billion worth of international gas projects.
A British contractor was killed when suspected Islamic insurgents attacked his hotel complex, The Times reported earlier.
The government has not yet regained control of the city following the March 24 attack by militants. During the attack, hundreds of people, including workers from gas projects, fled Palma by boat to the port city of Pemba.
There were about 1,300 people on board, a diplomat said.
Following the attack, international energy corporations said they would reduce their workforce.
How is the situation now in Palma?
The exact number of victims is still unknown in Palma, a city of about 75,000 people, located in the province of Cabo Delgado.
The militants have reportedly taken control of Palma, but these allegations are difficult to verify as all communications have been cut off.
Last week, when militants launched the attack, they targeted shops, banks and a military barracks.
Hundreds of people fled the fighting, running into the woods or surrounding villages.
Mozambique has been devastated by an uprising since 2017.
Militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group are behind the conflict in the predominantly Muslim region of Kabo Delgado. The fighting has left more than 2,500 people dead and 700,000 displaced. Their group is known as Al-Shabab, but they have no connection to the Somali jihadist group of the same name.
Militants in Mozambique have publicly sworn allegiance to IS.
The US State Department has declared the insurgents a terrorist organization. The attack in the city of Palma comes about two weeks after the Save the Children organization said Islamic militants were beheading children in Mozambique’s Kabo Delgado province.