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Thousands find refuge after Moz attack

Thousands find refuge after Moz attack

THOUSANDS of people fleeing an attack claimed by Islamic State have made their way to safety elsewhere in northern Mozambique, aid workers said, while a small group of victims arrived by boat in neighbouring Tanzania. Insurgents hit the coastal town of Palma, adjacent to gas projects worth $60 billion, with a three-pronged attack last Wednesday. Fighting continued as recently as Tuesday, security sources involved in rescue efforts and the United Nations said. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the accounts from Palma. Most communications to the town were cut last Wednesday. A U.N. spokesman said that so far…
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Islamic State claims deadly attack on Moz town

Islamic State claims deadly attack on Moz town

ISLAMIC State has formally claimed an attack on the northern Mozambique gas town of Palma, in which dozens of people, including foreign workers, were killed. The group made the claim on its Amaq news agency, saying its fighters had taken control of the town after days of clashes with security forces and said it had killed at least 55 people including soldiers, destroyed buildings and seized vehicles. The government confirmed on Sunday that dozens of people had been killed in the attack on Palma, adjacent to gas developments worth $60 billion, which began on Wednesday. They included at least one…
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Dozens killed in besieged Mozambique gas town

Dozens killed in besieged Mozambique gas town

DOZENS of people were killed in an attack on the northern Mozambique town of Palma this week, a spokesman for the country's defence and security forces said, including seven people when a convoy of cars was ambushed in an escape attempt. Hundreds of other people, both local and foreigners, have been rescued from the town, next to gas projects worth $60 billion, Omar Saranga told journalists on Sunday. A British contractor was among the dead, killed when suspected Islamist insurgents attacked his hotel compound, The Times reported earlier. Hundreds of people fleeing the attack are arriving by boat in the…
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Fighting in Moz gas town rages for 2nd day

Fighting in Moz gas town rages for 2nd day

HELICOPTER gunships exchanged fire with suspected Islamist insurgents as fighting raged for a second day around a gas hub town in northern Mozambique, a security source and a diplomat said. The government said security forces were working to restore order in Palma, which is adjacent to gas projects worth $60 billion led by companies including Total after it came under a three-pronged attack on Wednesday. The attack, in a province that has since 2017 been targeted by Islamist insurgents with links to Islamic State, began hours after the French oil major said it would resume work on the project after…
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Armed groups attack Mozambique ‘gas town’

Armed groups attack Mozambique ‘gas town’

ARMED groups yesterday attacked the northern Mozambique town closest to gas projects worth some $60 billion, two sources told Reuters, striking ever closer to developments that have already stalled due to security problems. The attack on the town of Palma, less than 25 by road from a construction camp for the gas developments led by oil majors like Total, happened on the same day that the French company announced it would gradually resume works at the site after suspending them due to nearby attacks. Mozambique's northern-most province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering Islamist insurgency…
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Mozambique army retakes Palma

Mozambique army retakes Palma

THE town in northern Mozambique that was attacked by Islamic State-linked insurgents in late March is now secure after the military killed a "significant number" of militants and cleared one final area, an army spokesman said. "We have completed the clearing (of the town). It was the only sensitive area that we needed to clear. ... It is completely safe," spokesman Chongo Vigidal said, in comments broadcast by state TV channel TVM late on Sunday. Insurgents on March 24 attacked the coastal town of Palma, near natural gas projects worth $60 billion that are meant to transform Mozambique's economy. Clashes…
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Mozambique attack survivors tell of horror

Mozambique attack survivors tell of horror

EMIDIO JOZINE LUISA JOSE, a 52-year-old mother of five, says she came face-to-face with Islamic State-linked insurgents when they attacked the gas hub town of Palma in northern Mozambique 10 days ago. "I was running to save my life ... they were coming from every street," she told Reuters from a stadium in the port city of Pemba housing some of the thousands who fled the violence. "I saw them with bazookas. They wore uniforms with red scarves ... tied to their heads." Jose said the militants quickly overran her hometown of Palma, next to huge gas projects worth $60…
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Battle for Palma: Total pulls out all staff

Battle for Palma: Total pulls out all staff

EMMA RUMNEYT and DAVID LEWIS FRENCH energy major Total has withdrawn all its staff from its Afungi natural gas site in northern Mozambique, according to sources, as clashes between Islamic State-linked fighters and the military rage nearby. The company, which last week called off the planned resumption of construction at the $20 billion development due to the violence, declined to comment when contacted by Reuters. The government says dozens of people have died since militants launched attacks in the coastal town of Palma last week, in a district near gas projects worth tens of billions of dollars that are meant…
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Identity of beheaded victims sought

Identity of beheaded victims sought

 MOZAMBIQUE is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma, an army spokesman said. A police official and an army spokesman said the victims appeared to be foreigners, although this has not been confirmed. Palma, adjacent to gas projects worth some $60 billion and a base for numerous foreign companies, was the target of an attack by insurgents that began on March 24. A local police chief told TVM earlier this week that on returning to the town following the assault,…
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Mozambique working to identify beheaded victims of militant attack

Mozambique working to identify beheaded victims of militant attack

 MOZAMBIQUE is sending a medical team to identify the bodies of 12 people beheaded during an Islamic State attack last month on the northern gas exploration hub of Palma, an army spokesman said. A police official and an army spokesman said the victims appeared to be foreigners, although this has not been confirmed. Palma, adjacent to gas projects worth some $60 billion and a base for numerous foreign companies, was the target of an attack by insurgents that began on March 24. A local police chief told TVM earlier this week that on returning to the town following the assault,…
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