Police say twelve people, possibly foreigners, beheaded in Mozambique militant attack

EN1 road bridge over Rio Lúrio, border between Nampula and Cabo Delgado provnices, Mozambique. Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons/F.H. Mira

Twelve people, possibly foreigners, were found beheaded in the northern Mozambican town of Palma following a militant attack claimed by the Islamic State, Reuters reports citing a local police source.

Commander Pedro da Silva said the 12 were believed to be foreigners because they were white.

“They were tied up and beheaded here,” he said to journalists visiting the town.

Dozens of civilians were killed and at least 11,000 displaced after the militants invaded Palma on 24 March.

The attack was considered to be one of the biggest staged by the militants in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province since they launched an insurgency in the region in 2017.

The country’s military managed to retake the town from the militants more than a week after the attack. A spokesperson said a “significant” number of militants were killed in the counter-offensive.

On Thursday, the Extraordinary Double Troika Summit (DTS) of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) met in Mozambique for deliberations on the Cabo Delgado situation.

The Double Troika Summit directed an immediate SADC Organ technical deployment to the Republic of Mozambique, and the convening of an Extraordinary Meeting of the Ministerial Committee of the Organ by 28 April 2021.

Communication lines remain cut off in the province following the attack.

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