The Islamic State terrorist organization beheaded 12 people in the Mozambique town of Palma, who are believed to be foreigners. The incident took place near a natural gas project.
Twelve people have been beheaded by ISIS or Islamic State terrorists in an attack near a natural gas project in the town of Palma in the East African country of Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province.
It is believed that all of them were foreigners. The gas project is estimated to be worth 60 60 billion.
The local police commander also made a statement on state television. Commander Pedro da Silva visited Palma and told reporters there that it was difficult to say with certainty the nationalities of the 12 decapitated bodies he had seen, but that all the bodies belonged to white men.
In a televised video Wednesday, the police commander stood at the scene and said, “These people were found tied up and beheaded,” the police commander said. He buried the bodies himself with the help of his comrades.
The terrorist attack in the South African country comes at a time when a meeting of regional leaders was coming to an end on Thursday. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss counter-insurgency efforts in the South African region.
The restive south of Africa
The Islamic State, or ISIS, is a terrorist organization whose rebels have been wreaking havoc in the northern Mozambique province of Cabo Dalgado since 2017, and are particularly active in the Palma region.
Mozambique officials, meanwhile, say the latest attacks, which began on March 24, have killed dozens, while aid workers say the insurgency has forced thousands of locals to flee their homes. The exact number of people killed or displaced is still unclear. The video, broadcast on Mozambique’s state television, was shot outside the Amarula Hotel, where a large group of foreigners and locals were seen under siege by rebels in the days following the attack.
A National Police spokesman said they had seen the footage but could not confirm its contents. An investigation is underway.
The International news agency Reuters also could not confirm the incident in Palma from independent sources as communication with the area was cut off after the attack on Palma began.
Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi, who is under pressure to accept international help in countering the country’s armed insurgency, said in a statement on Wednesday that Mozambique had ” will deal with itself the army later said the town of Palma was safe.