The alarming new images show the aftermath of a bloody terrorist attack by ISIL in the African country of Mozambique last month.
A photo published by Sky News on Monday shows fires burning in the strategic northern city of Palma. Others show sheets and other objects on the ground to read “HELP” and “SOS” so they can be seen by rescue helicopters.
Yet others show overturned and damaged cars that appear to have been ambushed while their occupants made desperate attempts to escape.
The BBC reported on Monday, citing the Mozambican army, that Palma had been returned and a “significant” number of terrorists had been killed.
ISIL claimed responsibility for the March 24 attack, according to the site̵
Meanwhile, the director of Dyck Advisory Group, a private military company contracted by Mozambique police to help fight the rebels, described the “fight in the streets, in the pockets of the entire city.”
“My boys are in the air and they’ve engaged a few small groups and they’ve engaged a fairly large group,” Dyke told the Associated Press last week. “They went into battle to recover several wounded police officers. … We also saved many people who were trapped, 220 people at the last count. “
Dake added that his fighters described seeing “truck drivers carrying rations in Palma.” Their bodies were next to the trucks. Their heads were lowered. ”
Survivors said they saw heavily armed terrorists storming the cities in distinctive uniforms with red scarves around their heads.
“I was running to save my life … they were coming from every street,” Louise Jose, a 52-year-old survivor, told Reuters. “I saw them with bazookas.”
Palma, a town of about 70,000 less than 20 miles from the border with Tanzania, is located near an oil and gas production site operated by French energy company Total. Sky News reported that the facility was handed over to the military while Total personnel were evacuated from the area.
Cabo Delgado, the province of Palma, has been the focal point of the 2017 Islamist riots, and observers fear the latest attack is a sign of the terrorists’ ambition to spread the riot across the country.