- Social media users are worried about the violence unfolding on South Africa's doorstep
- Al-Shabaab militants have overrun the town of Palma in northern Mozambique
- Twitter users have voiced their concerns on social media about the developing situation
Social media users have taken to the internet in reaction to the violence and chaos which has erupted in Mozambique as al-Shabaab militants assault the town of Palma.
An estimated 100 militants attacked the town which housed foreign nationals working on a multi-billion rand gas project.
Many of the foreign nationals are South African and communications have been cut off from the town.
This is what tweeps are saying about the conflict on South Africa's doorstep:
"ISIS is killing people in Mozambique! This is a little under 1850 kms from South Africa!
E kae AU?"
"My God -- this thread about #ISIS fight in #Mozambique is staggering.
- #Ukraine PMC pilots shot at #Mozambique troops & downed a chopper
- #SouthAfrica PMC dropping barrel bombs
- Dead bodies on the beach
- 7/17 expat trucks escaped
- #ISIS seized 2 ships off the coast, firing on 3rd."
"The problem we have in Africa is leadership, if had sober & good leaders what is happening in #Mozambique could have been avoided. AU is just for politicians & their political benefits. SADC countries must send troops to rescue Mozambique."
"For those waiting for SADC’s reaction to Palma events, I should tell you that in Mozambique, people are also waiting to hear from the SADC chairman - but in his capacity as Mozambican president, commander in chief of the armed forces in charge of operations in Cabo Delgado."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has held an urgent meeting with the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula over the escalating crisis unfolding in neighbouring Mozambique.
Militants from the al-Shabaab have wrestled control of the control of Palma in the Cabo Delgado province from the government.
The town of Palma was transformed into a warzone as an estimated 100 jihadist fighters assaulted to town.
In other news, Islamic militants have attacked a hotel in northern Mozambique and a number of people have lost their lives.
17 vehicles carrying foreign contractors fled the hotel and the convoy was ambushed en route, only 7 of the vehicles escaped according to The Times.
The situation on the ground is very chaotic and at the moment it is impossible to get any accurate numbers but many people are feared dead or captured.
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