Gunmen attack on gas project workers in agitated northern Mozambique, 8 killed

Eight employees of a private construction firm working on the multi-billion-dollar gas project in Mozambique’s restive north has been the latest victim of the gunmen attack in the country.

Fenix Constructions Service Lda, subcontracted by French oil giant Total, said five gunmen wearing military fatigues similar to those worn by the Mozambican government forces staged the attack on June 27 which occurred around 50 kilometres from the Total LNG site in Palma.

In an official statement released on July 5, Fenix Constructions Service Lda said, “On Saturday, 27th June, a vehicle belonging to Fenix Construction, a company that operates in Palma, …was attacked by five insurgents, approximately four kilometres north of Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado (province).”

The company added that there were 14 occupants in the vehicle, of which eight have died, three survived and three are still missing.

The attack has been claimed by Daesh Central African Province, a group that has already revealed its goal of establishing a caliphate in the region.

On June 27, the militants also attacked and temporarily occupied the small town of Mocimboa da Praia for the second time this year. It has resulted in a mass civilian exodus from the town.

The French oil giant Total has revealed its plan to continue with the $23 billion gas project, despite the increasing unrest in the region.

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