Islamic insurgents reportedly killed and injured dozens of locals and foreigners in a vehicle convoy attack in northern Mozambique, and dozens are also still unaccounted for.
Recordings from security calls said that 17 vehicles headed towards a major natural gas project by French company Total were attacked after leaving the Amarula Hotel in the town of Palma in the province of Cabo Delgado, with only seven of the vehicles making it to safety.
“In those seven vehicles that made it through were seven confirmed killed. Quite few of them had been shot and injured but they are still alive,” the recording said.
“The other 10 vehicles never made it through. They are unaccounted for and are basically all assumed dead,” the recording further said.
Defense Ministry Spokesperson Omar Saranga also confirmed on March 28 that seven people died in the ambush, adding that “dozens” of other people, both locals and foreigners working in the region, had been killed during the fighting that began last March 24 and lasted for days.
“Last Wednesday, a group of terrorists sneaked into… Palma and launched actions that resulted in the cowardly murder of dozens of defenseless people,” Saranga said at a press conference.
Saranga did not indicate the nationalities of the foreigners.
The Guardian reported that a few hundred foreign employees were from South Africa, Britain, and France and that an estimated 200 foreigners sought refuge at the hotel during the fighting.
In a statement released last March 26, Human Rights Watch identified the group of militants responsible for the attack as Al-Shabab and Al-Sunna wa Jama’a, believed to be affiliated to the terrorist group Islamic State.
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