Mozambique military says it has defeated the ISIL-affiliated insurgent group, al-Shabab, and taken control of Palma, a northern city that was subject to week-long coordinated attacks.
Speaking to TVM, Commander Chongo Vidigal, leader of military operations to regain control of Palma described the area as “safe.” “The airfield area was the only one we needed to clear and we did that this morning. It’s completely safe,” he said.
Secretary of state for the Cabo Delgado province, Armindo Ngunga, told Reuters news agency on Monday that the town of Palma was “under the control of the state”. He further stated that “there was significant loss of human life, infrastructure destroyed. But people are safe now.”
The attack on Palma began on March 24 when assailants entered the coastal town, killing dozens of people in coordinated attacks and causing thousands of people to flee to other parts of the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique.