Boat Carries 1,200 Survivors of Mozambique Terror Attack to Safety

A boat has carried 1,200 survivors of the terror attack on the town of Palma in northern Mozambique to safety, arriving in the port of Pemba on April 1 a week after the massacre.

Aid workers at the port in the capital of Cabo Delgado province gave food to the passengers, who were mostly women and children, while police and soldiers controlled the crowds looking for their relatives.

The government has confirmed dozens of deaths, including at least seven that were killed in a vehicle convoy ambush, when insurgents linked to the Islamic State staged a deadly raid in Palma.

According to officials, only seven vehicles in a convoy of 17 made it through safety when they tried to escape the Amarula hotel.

One South African has been confirmed to be one of the victims — Adrian Nel, whose body was recovered by fleeing survivors, including his father and younger brother.

Another body following the massacre has been found, matching the description of missing British man Philip Mawer whose family said that he appeared to have died while trying to flee the deadly attack.

According to officials, over 8,000 people were displaced following the attack that began last March 24 and has lasted for days, forcing thousands to spend days hiding in the surrounding forests for safety.

The United Nations said that hundreds more were still arriving in Pemba.


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