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Boat carries 1,200 survivors to safety

Boat carries 1,200 survivors to safety

EMIDIO JOZINE and EMMA RUMNEY A boat carrying 1,200 survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents in northern Mozambique reached safety in the port of Pemba on Thursday, some of them crying on arrival after spending days hiding in the bush. Aid workers were at the crowded port to give food to those disembarking from the green and white ferry, while police and soldiers kept control of crowds of people excited to see relatives rescued during the attack that began last week in Palma, a Reuters reporter at the port said. Many people were believed to have scattered…
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Mozambique army retakes Palma

Mozambique army retakes Palma

THE town in northern Mozambique that was attacked by Islamic State-linked insurgents in late March is now secure after the military killed a "significant number" of militants and cleared one final area, an army spokesman said. "We have completed the clearing (of the town). It was the only sensitive area that we needed to clear. ... It is completely safe," spokesman Chongo Vigidal said, in comments broadcast by state TV channel TVM late on Sunday. Insurgents on March 24 attacked the coastal town of Palma, near natural gas projects worth $60 billion that are meant to transform Mozambique's economy. Clashes…
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Mozambique attack survivors tell of horror

Mozambique attack survivors tell of horror

EMIDIO JOZINE LUISA JOSE, a 52-year-old mother of five, says she came face-to-face with Islamic State-linked insurgents when they attacked the gas hub town of Palma in northern Mozambique 10 days ago. "I was running to save my life ... they were coming from every street," she told Reuters from a stadium in the port city of Pemba housing some of the thousands who fled the violence. "I saw them with bazookas. They wore uniforms with red scarves ... tied to their heads." Jose said the militants quickly overran her hometown of Palma, next to huge gas projects worth $60…
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Nearly a million going hungry in Mozambique

Nearly a million going hungry in Mozambique

ALMOST one million people are facing severe hunger in northern Mozambique where hundreds of thousands have fled worsening Islamist violence, the U.N. food agency said yesterday. Islamic State-linked insurgents last month attacked Palma, a town in the northernmost province of Cabo Delgado next to major gas projects under development by companies including Total and Exxon. The World Food Programme (WFP) said in a briefing in Geneva that 950,000 people are now hungry in Mozambique. It is appealing to donors for $82 million to confront the crisis. "Families and individuals have had to abandon their belongings and livelihoods and flee for…
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