ISIL fighters believed to be foreigners in the attack last month, beheading at least 12 victims.
Mozambique is sending a medical team to identify the beheaded 12 people at a time ISIS (ISIS) -based attacks Last month, an army spokesman at the gas exploration center north of Palmer said.
A police official and an army spokesman said the dead appeared to be foreigners, although this could not be confirmed.
Palma, a gas project worth about ০ 10 billion and adjacent to the bases of numerous foreign companies, has been the target of attacks by armed groups since March 24.
A local police chief told TVM earlier this week that he had returned to the city after the attack and helped bury 12 decapitated bodies. Although he could not identify their nationality, he said he believed they were foreigners because they were white.
In a statement to state broadcaster TVM on Thursday, army spokesman Chongo Vidigal confirmed the dead were white, but said their nationalities could not be confirmed because of the rotting condition of the bodies. The army sent a medical team to identify them, he said.
“It’s important that any team can set up these minor details,” he said, adding that they were unsure when they would arrive.
Reuters news agency was unable to independently verify accounts of the attack in Palma. Most means of communication with the city were cut off after the attack began.
The bodies were found near the Amrula Hotel, where a large group of both locals and expatriates had taken refuge for several days during the attack before two locals tried to flee before being attacked by a convoy on March 20th.
Seven people in the convoy, including a British and a South African, were killed. Both their bodies have already been removed from Palma.
The government says dozens of people were killed in the attack and aid groups believe thousands more have been displaced. However, the full scale of casualties and displacement is still unclear.
ISIL-linked fighters Palo has been increasingly active since 2013 in the northern province of Cabo Delgado in Mozambique.
According to official figures, Mozambique has about 226 percent Roman Catholics, 31 percent other Christians and 17 percent Muslims. Cabo Delgado is one of the few provinces where there is a Muslim majority.
Regional leaders from countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana met this week in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, to consider the response to the violence.
Mozambique’s foreign minister, Veronica Makamo Dlovo, said leaders were determined to send a mission to Mozambique this month to determine the threat and how they could help.
Zimbabwean President Emerson Manangagwa said the leaders agreed that a regional power should be restored immediately so that it could intervene.
Mozambique’s army said Palma is safe now.
Violence is a rapidly growing threat to Mozambique after years of relative peace for the country. In 1955, the colonial power ended the independence struggle against Portugal and the long civil war began, until 1992.
A lower-level conflict resumed until the 2019 peace deal against its longtime Renamo rivals, although some low-level attacks continued.
Mozambique remains one of the poorest and least developed countries in Africa, despite its potential for natural resources.