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Beheadings paint brutal picture as Moz’s IS terror spreads to ...


Beheadings paint brutal picture as Moz’s IS terror spreads to Pemba

Insurgent attacks have spiked since rainy season ended, as $20bn LNG project remains on hold

Matthew Hill and Borges Nhamire

A fresh wave of attacks by an Islamic State affiliate in northern Mozambique has prompted the evacuation of the nation’s biggest solar power plant and threatens to further delay TotalEnergies’s $20bn (R320bn) liquefied natural gas project. 

Forces from Rwanda and Sadc have helped retake towns from insurgents who’ve been wreaking havoc since 2017, largely securing a coastal stretch around Total’s project. But violence has recently spiked, spreading to new areas near Pemba, the Cabo Delgado province’s capital, and causing panic as IS disseminates photos of bodies it says were beheaded by its fighters. 

All workers at a solar power plant in Metoro, about 70km inland from Pemba, and operated by Neoen and local partner Electricidade de Moçambique, were evacuated at the weekend after a nearby raid...

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