ISIS militants have taken over paradise islands in the Indian Ocean, burning down hotels and imposing Sharia Law.
Luxury islands off the coast of Mozambique, where A-list celebrities spend their holidays, have been overrun by insurgents linked to Islamic State.
Luxury hotels, wildlife, and homes have been torched and “reduced to ashes” in the militant attacks.
The ISIS insurgents have ordered residents to abandon the islands of Vamizi and Mecungo – where celebrities like Daniel Craig, Bono and Prince Albert of Monaco have holidayed in luxury.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and political leader Nelson Mandela have also been known to have enjoyed holidays on the picturesque island.
Burnt-out beach huts and torched safari cars were pictured on Vamizi Island.
One resident of Mecungo island told AFP that the insurgents had arrived by boat at night and rounded everyone up.
The local said: “They told us to run if we want to live. Everyone left the island.”
Mozambique and its islands have been closed to tourists since pandemic travel restrictions were imposed.
The ISIS-linked militants also captured and occupied the port town of Mocimboa de Praia on the Mozambican mainland – telling locals that it would become their new capital, run under Islamic law.
The Cabo Delgado provence has also been ransacked and raided by the jihadists.
One man who had fled to Mecungo Island from Mocimboa da Praia said: “They arrived at night in small fishing boats. They removed people from the houses and then torched them.
“They didn’t hurt anyone, they just gave orders to leave the islands.”
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Source: The Sun