The residents of the Palma were seen fleeing the conflict-ridden town following the Islamic State group claimed control after a clash with the security personnel. The ISIS-linked terrorists had attacked the down on Wednesday, which had become a battleground since 2007.
“The Caliphate’s soldiers seized the strategic town of Palma,” ISIS said in a statement.
The down of 75,000 residents in Cabo Delgadi province was all but emptied, said civil society activist Adriano Nuvunga.
“The violence has ceased, but it is belived some of the insurgents have pulled back and some are still around in hiding,” he told media.