Former Zimbabwean military colonel Lionel Dyck, the head of Dyck Advisory Group (DAG), told CNN that efforts were underway to rescue civilians after Islamic insurgents in northern Mozambique seized the strategic town of Palma last week.
Dyck who made his name leading de-mining teams and anti-poaching units since retiring from military service said:
As I sit here, Palma is lost. Unless something happens, they have lost Palma. We continue to rescue people today who are hiding in the bush and to engage the terrorists. The insurgents are running in and out of houses. It is a standard ISIS-like tactic to hide amongst the people.We have small helicopters that can carry four or perhaps six people at a time.This is what we are there for and what we went to Mozambique for. There were a lot of people in trouble from those guys.The situation on the ground was awful when my pilots got there. The first thing they saw were food trucks on the road where the drivers and their assistants had been pulled out and beheaded. They were lying next to their cars.What we are concerned about is that nothing seemed to be done for the people up there, particularly by the oil company, for any kind of emergency procedures. That shocked me.