One Zimbabwean Unaccounted For Following Attack By Islamic Insurgents On Palma, Mozambique
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has revealed that one Zimbabwean remains unaccounted for following an attack by Islamic State-linked insurgents on the coastal town of Palma in northeast Mozambique.
The insurgents, who are known in Mozambique as al-Shabab, attacked Palma on 24 March 2021. More than 35,000 people are reported to have been displaced as a result of the attack. Dozens of civilians were murdered as the insurgents left. beheaded bodies in the streets.
Ambassador Lovemore Mazemo, who is the Acting Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade revealed that investigations by Zimbabwe’s Embassy in Mozambique revealed that one Zimbabwean is yet to be accounted for.
Below is the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.
PRESS STATEMENT BY THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE, AMBASSADOR LOVEMORE MAZEMO ON ACCOUNTED FOR ZIMBABWEANS IN PALMA, MOZAMBIQUE
Following the disturbances in Palma, Mozambique, the Embassy of Zimbabwe in Maputo is in communication with the Government of Mozambique and the companies in Palma.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade hereby confirms that from the contacts so far established with the authorities in Palma, one Zimbabwean is not yet accounted for. Efforts to establish his whereabouts are ongoing.
Zimbabwe, together with other SADC Member States, is working closely with the Government of the Republic of Mozambique on a regional strategy towards ending the terrorist activities in Cabo Delgado and safeguarding Mozambique’s and the region’s peace and security.
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