Palma Residents Flee after Attack by ISIL Militants

Palma becomes a ghost town as survivors of the violent attacks by a militant group affiliated with ISIL (ISIS) leave the northern Mozambique town in boats, trucks, and on foot.

Sources in the provincial capital, Pemba, say thousands of survivors of the coordinated attacks, which started last Wednesday in Palma, arrived in the city on boats.

According to sources from an international aid agency, around 6,000 to 10,000 people are still waiting to be evacuated from the city.

Government officials say dozens were killed in the attack, a number which includes seven people caught in the crossfire as they were evacuated from a hotel they sought refuge in.

Pemba is also housing thousands of people from other parts of the province whose lives were uprooted by the armed bandits.


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