British contractor presumed dead in Mozambique terror attack, family says
April 1, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A British contractor missing since Islamist militants first attacked the town of Palma in northern Mozambique just over a week ago is presumed to have died, his family said Thursday.
(CNN)A British contractor missing since Islamist militants first attacked the town of Palma in northern Mozambique just over a week ago is presumed to have died, his family said Thursday.
Dozens of people were killed and hundreds are still unaccounted for following the days-long attack by the ISIS-affiliated group.
A ferry carrying about 1,200 people evacuated from northern Mozambique arrived Thursday in the port of Pemba, capital of Cabo Delgado Province, according to aid agencies and local journalists.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report Wednesday that the situation in Palma "remains tense, with sporadic fighting and clashes still being reported. "
"More than 3,300 people fleeing the violence in Palma have arrived in Nangade, Mueda, Montepuez and Pemba districts, while thousands of others are believed to be on their way by foot, boat and bus to safer locations," the update said.
Many have reported seeing their family members killed and said they had to hide in the bushes for days, without food or water, to evade the armed men who attacked their communities. "
Three-quarters of those to have reached safety were women and children, the report said, citing the International Organization for Migration.
Some families were separated as they fled and a number of unaccompanied children have arrived in Pemba, the OCHA report said.
And for the first time, the group appears to have deliberately targeted foreign workers, dozens of whom were trapped at the Amarula Hotel on the town's northern outskirts.
"It was the nature of his chosen line of work to be in the more dangerous corners of the world and Philip's career had previously taken him to Somalia, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Afghanistan, and Yemen," his family said.