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Palma, Mozambique, has been’retaken’ from radical Islamists.

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More than a week after militant Islamists raided the coastal town of Palma, Mozambique’s military says it has regained full power.

According to an army spokesperson, the counter-offensive killed a “significant” number of insurgents.

Residents who had fled were beginning to return, according to state radio, some to homes that had been looted.

Following the militants’ invasion of Palma on March 24, dozens of civilians were killed and at least 11,000 people were displaced.

One of the biggest attacks by militants in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province after they launched an uprising in the area in 2017 killed a South African and a British national.

The city, which has a population of about 75,000 people, is still cut off from the rest of the world.

The rebels, identified as al-Shabab in the local community, have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS).

Their attack on Palma compelled energy giant Total to halt a multibillion-dollar natural gas project in Afungi, just outside of town.

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