Total pulls workers as Mozambique militancy increases
Total has withdrawn a number of workers from the Mozambique LNG site ahead of militant attacks. On January 1, there were attacks on the village of Quitunda, built by the developers for people displaced by LNG activities.
The village is outside the actual LNG park perimeter and there was also an attack on a rapid intervention unit (UIR) police site on the main road to the Afungi development, “at the gates of the project”, Mozambique watcher Joseph Hanlon reported.
The January 1 attack had been expected and militants have warned that Palma will be attacked on January 5.
Hanlon noted that while the UIR was the best trained and paid of the forces to protect the Afungi site, this was not enough. “Total’s staff evacuation shows the gas company no longer trusts government forces to protect the project,” he said.
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