Palma, an important natural gas town in northern Mozambique, was raided last Wednesday by about 100 al-Shabaab militants linked to the Islamic extremist organization Caliphate (IS). Foreign workers involved in local natural gas development projects were encountered during the evacuation. Many people died and their whereabouts are unknown. The Ministry of National Defense confirmed on Sunday that the incident has so far caused dozens of deaths, including foreigners. It has been pointed out that multiple British contractors were involved in the incident, at least one person died, multiple people were missing, and someone was held hostage by militants.
During the attack, more than 180 people, including workers from South Africa, Britain, and France, took refuge in a hotel, but were surrounded by armed men. The workers were divided into 17 vehicles on Friday and tried to escape from the hotel, but were ambushed. In the end, only seven vehicles arrived at the beach, and the whereabouts of the remaining 10 vehicles were unknown.
The Ministry of National Defense pointed out that the government has given priority to rescue the trapped in the past three days, and dozens of people have been killed. The authorities refused to disclose the specific number of deaths, only that seven of them were killed during the evacuation of the hotel, and emphasized that government forces are fighting with militants in an attempt to regain control of Palma.