EXPLAINER: Who are the rebels in northern Mozambique?

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EXPLAINER: Who are the rebels in northern Mozambique?

In this image taken from militant video released by the Islamic State group on Monday March 29, 2021, purporting to show fighters near the strategic north eastern Mozambique town of Palma, as the militant group claimed it had taken control of the area after five days of conflict. The video from the Islamic State group claims to show fighters in or near Palma, but cannot be independently verified by The Associated Press. (AMAQ Militant video via AP)
People form a line as they wait to be evacuated from near the northern Mozambican town of Palma, Thursday April 1, 2021. Thousands of residents have fled the fighting between insurgents and government forces, to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. The attack by rebels on Mozambique's northern town of Palma has highlighted the growth of the insurgency in the southern African country, creating a humanitarian crisis and jeopardizing multibillion-dollar investments.(Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma arrive after being evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma are evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
A man and child, part of a small group of people fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma is evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma arrive after being evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
A woman and child, part of a small group of people fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma is evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
Map locates Palma, Mozambique. Fighting raged for the fifth day Sunday in northern Mozambique as rebels fought the army for control of the strategic town of Palma.

EXPLAINER: Who are the rebels in northern Mozambique?

In this image taken from militant video released by the Islamic State group on Monday March 29, 2021, purporting to show fighters near the strategic north eastern Mozambique town of Palma, as the militant group claimed it had taken control of the area after five days of conflict. The video from the Islamic State group claims to show fighters in or near Palma, but cannot be independently verified by The Associated Press. (AMAQ Militant video via AP)
People form a line as they wait to be evacuated from near the northern Mozambican town of Palma, Thursday April 1, 2021. Thousands of residents have fled the fighting between insurgents and government forces, to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. The attack by rebels on Mozambique's northern town of Palma has highlighted the growth of the insurgency in the southern African country, creating a humanitarian crisis and jeopardizing multibillion-dollar investments.(Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma arrive after being evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma are evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
A man and child, part of a small group of people fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma is evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
People fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma arrive after being evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
A woman and child, part of a small group of people fleeing fighting between insurgents and government forces in and around the northern Mozambican town of Palma is evacuated by plane to the Cabo Delgado provincial capital of Pemba, Mozambique, Thursday April 1, 2021. They were just a few of the thousands of residents who have fled to nearby Tanzania and south to the provincial capital of Pemba, according to international aid agencies. (Dave LePoidevin, MAF via AP)
Map locates Palma, Mozambique. Fighting raged for the fifth day Sunday in northern Mozambique as rebels fought the army for control of the strategic town of Palma.
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