Moz: ‘There are so many beheaded bodies out there’

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Moz: ‘There are so many beheaded bodies out there’

Harrowing tales of the siege in Palma are beginning to emerge as survivors of the attack reach safety

Senior reporter

As Mozambican security forces wage a bitter urban war against Islamic insurgents, who have booby trapped scores of buildings and homes in Palma, harrowing stories of how South Africans escaped are beginning to emerge.

The town has been under attack since Wednesday from Ahlu Sunnah Waljama’a-Jamaa insurgents, who have reportedly killed hundreds of Mozambicans and foreigners who are involved in work related to a R900bn gas project run by French company Total on the nearby Afungi peninsula.

For the past six days civilian boats and South African helicopter pilots working for Dyck Advisory Group (DAG), which is contracted to the Mozambique police force to fight the rebels, have been rescuing people. At the same time, thousands of Mozambicans and expats have spent days and nights hiding from marauding rebels in dense tropical forests...

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