A militant attack on the city of Palma in northern Mozambique killed at least 55 people, including the military and foreigners, Reuters reported. Responsibility for the deaths of several dozen people was claimed by the “Islamic State” (IS; banned in the Russian Federation).
According to the terrorist organization, the aim of the attack was to take control of Palma. There are vast gas fields not far from the captured city. After the city was captured by militants, Total began evacuating its employees from the conflict zone, DW said.
Julia Vachave, a representative of the Women’s Rights Defense Association, told RIA Novosti that seven foreigners were killed. She added that after the city was captured by terrorists, about 180 people fled to the border with Tanzania.
Palma is located in the province of Cabo Delgado. Since 2017, ISIS-linked militants have settled in the region.