Mozambique Insurgency: Zim Searches for Missing Nationals

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Tichaona Chikono

The Zimbabwe Government says it is collaborating with Mozambican authorities to establish the number of Zimbabweans caught up in terrorist attacks on Palma on March 24.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa said this at Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party’s Politburo meeting in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday.

Palma, a town in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region, was attacked by Islamic insurgents, leaving scores dead and others displaced.

Thirty-eight-year-old Zimbabwean Nyasha Mugwagwa was killed in the attacks.

President Mnangagwa said, “Government is currently working with the Mozambican authorities to establish the number of our nationals who were entrapped during the attack of Palma town, on 24 March 2021.”

Northern Mozambique has been torn apart by an insurgency since 2017.

Militants linked to the Islamic State group are behind the conflict in the predominantly Muslim province of Cabo Delgado.

On April 8, 2021, Sadc’s Double Troika Summit resolved to deploy troops there to thwart the terror.