If the state doesn't want the insurgency to turn into a prolonged game of whac-a-mole, it will need to address Cabo Delgado's socio-economic shortcomings.
Palma was taken in a coordinated attack on March 24. Commander Chongo Vidigal, leader of military operations to regain control of Palma, told state television TVM the area was "safe."
"Total has gone.. all the facilities are abandoned. Total made a decision to evacuate all of its staff," security and military sources say of the company's Afungi natural gas project site in restive northern Cabo Delgado province.
More than 8,000 people were displaced, dozens killed and many more are still missing following a coordinated attack on the town of Palma on March 24.
Dozens of people were killed, more than 8,000 displaced and many missing after militants besieged Palma on March 24, ransacking buildings and beheading residents.
UN says so far 5,300 displaced people registered in different districts of northern Cabo Delgado province, home to simmering insurgency linked to Daesh since 2017.
Hundreds of shaken survivors of the March 24 Daesh attack in Palma have streamed into the neighbouring town of Mueda and provincial capital Pemba, where they arrived via boat, foot and plane.
Militants have briefly seized a strategic port city on the eastern African coast, pushing foreign contractors to flee and creating chaos unseen for a long time.
Dozens of people are still unaccounted for following a deadly attack in Cabo Delgado province's Palma town even as thousands of survivors are being evacuated to provincial capital Pemba, sources say.
Militants ambushed the town in Cabo Delgado province on Wednesday and have now seized its control after government forces withdrew, security sources say.
The eye of the storm passed over Beira city in Mozambique before dawn on Saturday, having already brought heavy rains to Zambezia province and its capital, Quelimane.
Militant attacks in northern Mozambique have created a "worsening humanitarian crisis", the UN says, estimating that over half a million people had now fled their homes.
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