Dozens of civilians have been killed as Islamic extremists continued their sixth straight day of fighting against the Mozambican army for control of the town of Palma.
The battle for Palma highlights the military and humanitarian crisis in the southern African nation on the Indian Ocean. The three-year insurgency of the rebels has taken more than 2,600 lives and displaced approximately 670,000 people.
The attacks began Wednesday after Total, a French energy company, announced it would resume work on extracting gas from offshore sites. Previous Muslim militant attacks had prompted Total to suspend work on the project.
According to Col. Omar Saranga, a Ministry of Defense spokesperson, the Mozambican army has been fighting the militants in multiple locations to regain control of Palma.