Attack in Mozambique threatens the biggest investment in Africa

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Attack in Mozambique threatens the biggest investment in Africa

Area around gas project has become centre of an increasingly strident Islamist insurgency

Joseph Cotterill and David Keohane

A multibillion-dollar gas development in Mozambique, the single biggest investment in Africa, faces renewed threat after an Islamist insurgent assault forced Total to suspend work for a second time this year.

Insurgents attacked Palma, a town 10km from the R300bn project in the northern Cabo Delgado region, on Wednesday, killing several foreign workers in a battle that was still raging on Sunday, according to local media.

Total said on Saturday that its workers were not among the victims but that its “absolute priority was to ensure the safety and security of the people who work on the project”. The French energy major said it would reduce its workforce on the liquefied natural gas project “to a strict minimum”. ..

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