The disturbing new image shows the aftermath of the bloody ISIS terrorist attack in the African country Mozambique last month.
A photo published by Sky News on Monday shows a fire burning in the strategic northern city of Palma. Others displayed sheets and other items on the ground to spell out “HELP” and “SOS” so that the rescue helicopter could see them.
Despite this, others showed overturned and damaged cars, which appeared to have been ambushed when the occupants made a desperate escape attempt.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) quoted the Mozambican army on Monday and reported that Palma has been recaptured and killed a “large number” of terrorists.
According to the SITE Extremism Surveillance Team, ISIS claimed responsibility for the March 24 attacks. They claimed that the Islamic State’s Central African Province controlled Palmas’ banks, government offices, factories and military camps, and more than 55 people including the Mozambican army, Christians and foreigners were killed.
At the same time, the head of the Dyke Advisory Group, a private military company contracted by the Mozambican police, described “fighting in the pockets of the entire town on the street”.
Dyke told the Associated Press last week: “My soldiers have been airborne. They have participated in several groups and have participated in a considerable group.” “They have participated in the battle to recover several injured policemen. … We also rescued many trapped people, and in the end there were 220 people.”
Dyke added that his fighters described seeing “truck drivers bringing rations to Palma. Their bodies were next to the truck. Their heads turned off.”
Survivors recalled that they witnessed heavily armed terrorists wearing red scarves and unique uniforms assaulting towns.
52-year-old survivor Luisa Jose told Reuters: “I’m trying to save my life… They come from every street.” “I saw them wearing bazookas.”
Palma is located in about 70,000 cities less than 20 miles from the Tanzanian border, close to the oil and gas production base operated by the French energy company Total. “Sky News” reported that the facility has been handed over to military personnel, while total employees have been evacuated from the area.
Cabo Delgado, the province of Palma, has been the focus of Islamic rebellion since 2017, and observers worry that the latest attack is a sign of terrorists trying to spread their insurgency across the country.