Mozambique’s military said on Sunday a “significant” number of militants had been killed during a battle over a key northern town and gas hub captured by militants said to be aligned with the Islamic State last month. The AFP news agency reports that Commander Chongo Vidigal, who led the military operation to regain control of the town, said the area was “safe” – but fell short of declaring the army had regained control. The town’s hospital was destroyed, as were commercial banks and the state prosecutor’s office but Vidigal said the Total gas plant, which the company abandoned on Friday, was secure.