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Yesterday morning saw another attack by the insurgents who have been terrorising parts of the province of Palma since the end of last year, Mediafax has reported.
According to Mediafax, “the attack occurred once again in the district of Pundanhar, in Palma, which is, as is well known, supposed to become the answer to Mozambique’s financial difficulties”.
Local sources told Mediafax that the attack yesterday morning “resulted in the death of several soldiers who were patrolling the Pundanhar area”.
“The soldiers were in a BTR [armoured personnel carrier] when they were attacked by the ‘shaababs’ who launched bazookas [rockets], killing several soldiers, including a colonel,” the source said.
“According to sources, despite some recent calm, the insurgents continue to successfully operate active cells, moving from one area to another,” the Mediafax report reads.
Witnesses reported that the insurgents who carried out the attack were wearing military uniforms.
Mediafax says that when it attempted to obtain a response from the Mozambican authorities yesterday, “while some directed us to analogous entities, others simply did not answer the phone”.
Palma District Administrator David Machimbukp said: “I am in Pemba on holiday and have not been made aware of the attack. I can give you the contact number of the district commander, and he can give you better information.”
The Palma commander however did not answer Mediafax’s various calls.