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The Islamic State organization claimed responsibility for the attack in recent days on the city of Palma, in northern Mozambique, on Monday, according to the monitoring service of Islamist websites Site. </p><div> <p>The Islamic State organization claimed responsibility for the attack in recent days against the city of Palma in northern Mozambique on Monday (March 29th), the Islamist website monitoring service announced. Information confirmed by Wassim Nasr, journalist specializing in jihadist movements at France 24.
The assault on Palma, a logistics hub located near many gas projects weighing 60 billion dollars (about 51 billion euros), was launched last Wednesday and the Mozambican government evoked a death toll of several dozen on Sunday. At least one South African national is among the victims, as well as, according to the Times, a British citizen.
According to the monitoring service of Islamist websites Site, the Islamic State group clarified that the foreign victims were subcontractors.
#Mozambique l’#NO claims the taking of #Palma the attacks on the army since Wednesday and the assassinations of Christians “among them citizens of the countries of La Croix [occidentaux] and the sacking of a number of official buildings and banks pic.twitter.com/EJPor7IJPf
– Wassim Nasr (@SimNasr) March 29, 2021
Thousands of civilians on the run
At the same time, thousands of people fled the port city of Palma on Monday, which fell into the hands of jihadist armed groups, NGOs and the UN working together to try to come to their aid.
Several UN agencies met in the morning to coordinate their efforts and organize transport to safe areas for thousands of civilians who have fled the city to seek refuge in the surrounding forests and beaches. But also, en masse, to the gas site piloted by Total, located just 10 km from the affected city.
According to a source participating in the evacuation operations, there would be between 6,000 and 10,000 people taking refuge inside the site or asking to be, a situation complicated to manage, especially since the construction work of the gas site. , supposed to be operational in 2024, have been at a standstill for several months.
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Source site www.france24.com