African Union, UN Call for Mozambique Attack Response

The African Union (AU) has called for a coordinated international action following the March 24 attacks on the northern Mozambique town Palma that killed dozens and displaced thousands.

AU Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat published a statement on Thursday saying he “condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks”.

He expressed “utmost concern” at the presence of international hardline groups in southern Africa, and called for an “urgent and coordinated regional and international action”.

The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a regional bloc, held an emergency meeting in Harare, the Zimbabwean capital, to discuss the violence.

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi said the SADC would “respond in a helpful manner that we assure the integrity and sovereignty of one of our own, never to be assaulted by dissident, rebellious and non-state actor forces that undermine the democratic credentials and peace in the region.”

The March 24 attack on Palma was the largest coordinated attack since the conflict in the Cabo Delgado province began in 2017.

The Mozambican government has sent troops to Palma in efforts to take back the city.

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