/ 30 March 2021

Dozens killed in Mozambique

Reports say about 60 people have been killed in a brutal attack by Islamist insurgents in northern Mozambique. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack on the town of Palma, which is near a big gas project run by French energy company Total. The details are sketchy, but reports say nearly 200 people – including international workers from the UK, France and Spain – were targeted as they sheltered in a hotel. At least 7 people died in a rescue attempt on Friday that saw hundreds taken to safety. The UK’s Minister for Africa James Duddridge tweeted that the government was working to support their citizens in the area. “We stand with the people of Mozambique against terror,” he said. The region has seen terrible violence since 2017 as Islamic State-aligned insurgents fight for control of the Muslim-dominated region.

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