Plundering militants took control of the coastal cities of Pemba and Palma last week. One South African was killed in the attack, while 50 others were counted after the attack.
People are waiting for their relatives and friends to arrive in Pemba on April 1, 2021 by evacuation boat from the shores of Palma. More than 1,000 people evacuated from the shores of the city of Palma arrived in the seaport of Pemba after the rebels attacked Palma on March 24, 2021. Image: Alfredo Zuniga / AFP
CAP TOWN – More than a week after militant attacks in northern Mozambique, South Africans who were in the region are returning home.
The South African National Defense Forces (SANDF) have confirmed that they are helping the state commission in Maputo return citizens who want to return.
Plundering militants took control of the coastal cities of Pemba and Palma last week.
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One South African was killed in the attack, while 50 others were counted after the attack.
Deadly terrorist attacks in neighboring Mozambique have shaken the region.
Siphiwe Dlamini from the Defense Forces: “South Africa is concerned about the security situation in Cabo Delgado, in the northern part of Mozambique. We are still preoccupied with the security of South Africans in that province.”
Security analyst Jasmine Opperman said the entire region should be concerned.
“As for the question of whether the region should be concerned, it should have been a long time ago, to be quite honest, but we have to understand that Mozambique is a sovereign state and therefore will not get engaged if Maputo is not approved. Maputo, in this moment, gives priority to bilateral engagements. ”
Opperman said thousands remained vulnerable.
“What happened in Mozambique is just another indication of how sophisticated the rebels have become, how they have become arrogant and approached the town of Afungi. It is a rebellion that cannot be watched and should not be seen and underestimated, because not only the risk to Mozambique but also the region. ”
The South African Development Community (SADC) convened a meeting on Tuesday.
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