Mozambique bloodbath: inside the horror attack by Jihadi rebels that shocked the world

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Displaced residents of the town of Palma in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province have been left traumatised. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)
Displaced residents of the town of Palma in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado province have been left traumatised. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES)

The rat-a-tat-tat of machine guns was getting closer and they could smell the acrid smoke of burning buildings.

For the thousands trapped in the besieged town of Palma there were just two choices: stay and wait for the Jihadi rebels to come for them or try to make a run for it into the night.

Aware that it might be days before help arrived in the remote area in Mozambique’s northern Cabo Delgado province, many chose the second option, hoping they’d be able to hide in the bush.

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