The bodies of 12 beheaded expats have been found after an ISIS massacre in a Mozambique town where a British worker was killed in a desperate escape bid.

By Samuel Chamberlain

The nationalities of the 12 people found ‘tied up and beheaded’ in the northern town of Palma cannot yet be confirmed, a local police commander said.

Their bodies were found near to natural gas projects worth $59.8 billion.

They are all believed to be foreigners because they are white, Commander Pedro da Silva said. 

Standing near to an area of disturbed earth where he said he buried the bodies himself, Commander Silva told state broadcaster TVM: ‘They were tied up and beheaded here.’  

The latest attack comes less than a month after dozens of innocent people were killed when Islamist insurgents launched a raid in Palma on March 24, including 50-year-old Briton Philip Mawer. 

The latest attack comes less than a month after dozens of innocent people were killed when Islamist insurgents launched a raid in Palma on March 24, including 50-year-old Briton Philip Mawer (pictured)

A body matching Mr Mawer’s description was pulled from the wreckage of a car destroyed in the attack. 

It is believed he was fleeing from the siege by ISIS-linked insurgents at the Amarula Hotel.

He was working for RA International, a Dubai-based firm that provides living quarters and other logistics for expatriate workers. 

Horrifying images from the March 24 massacre showed bodies scattered across roads and people fleeing from the slaughter. 

Regional leaders from countries including South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana met in Mozambique’s capital Maputo on Thursday to consider a response to the latest bout of violence.

On Monday, previously-unseen pictures of the March 24 attack in Palma were released.

In shocking pictures obtained by Sky News, the scale and violence of the attack by the Islamic State-affiliated local al-Shabaab group is becoming more clear.

The aerial footage shows corpses of those brutally murdered by the insurgents after being pulled from their lorries by the killers in the African nation.

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