Southern African regional bloc vows a ‘proportionate’ response against Islamist Militants

Southern Africa’s regional bloc has vowed a “proportionate” response to jihadists who last month raided a key town in northern Mozambique in a sharp escalation of a three-year-old insurgency.

Six presidents from the Southern African Development Community held emergency talks in the Mozambican capital Maputo, two weeks after the attack on the town of Palma left dozens dead and forced thousands from their homes.

The summit “affirmed that such heinous attacks cannot be allowed to continue without a proportionate regional response,”.

The 16-member grouping said it was committed to contributing towards efforts to restore peace in the area but did not specify what support it was offering.