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Mozambique’s President says Islamic State-linked insurgents have been ‘chased’ from Palma

 

Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has on Wednesday announced that Islamic State linked insurgents have been ‘chased’ from Palma, Mozambique.

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AFP report that Nyusi said, “Islamic State-linked insurgents have been forced out of Palma a key northern town that the rebels raided last month,” but added. “We do not declare victory because we are fighting terrorism”

Mbire TV also reports that Mozambique’s military says it has regained full control of the coastal town of Palma.

“We are here with our troops and we feel okay.” Valige Tauabo, Governor of Cabo Delgado said.

Brigadier Chongo Vigidal, Mozambique army spokesperson has also been quoted saying, “we’ve completed the clearing of the town, it was the only sensitive area we needed to clear, it’s completely safe if we need to bring in any foods for the population, that can be done with no problem, it’s secure.”

Militants seized the northern Mozambique town of Palma in Cabo Delgado Province, near a major gas development project involving international energy companies.

Fighting in the Cabo Delgado Province has raged on for months, displacing more than 500,000 people in 2020.

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