The French energy company Total has brought about 1,000 employees from the extremist-captured coastal city of Palma in Mozambique to safety. State Minister Armindo Ngunga said the workers were brought from Palma to Pemba in the south by ship on Sunday morning.
Palma is located in the gas-rich province of Cabo Delgado in northeastern Mozambique, where Total is involved in a € 16.9 billion ($ 20 billion) liquefied natural gas project. Since 2017 there have been repeated brutal attacks by Islamist militias in Cabo Delgado.
According to the UN Refugee Aid, 670,000 people are said to have been displaced and more than 2,000 died. Due to the security situation in the province, Total had already reduced the number of its employees in January.
Accessed on March 28, 2021 at 3:34 am on https://www.sn.at/politik/weltpolitik/angriff-in-mosambik-gasfirma-bringt-arbeiter-in-sicherheit-101689609