Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
27 Mar 2021
10:59 am

Dirco verifying reports that South African was killed in Mozambique insurgent attacks

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Attacks in northern Mozambique started on Wednesday, several people were reportedly dead, according to witnesses and a rights group.

Internally displaced persons gather for a community meeting in the Tara Tara district of Matuge, northern Mozambique, on February 24, 2021. - The place functions as a center for internally displaced persons (IDPs) who fled their communities due to attacks by armed insurgents in the northern part of the Cabo Delgado province. Currently, there are 500 families, according to government figures. (Photo by Alfredo Zuniga / AFP)

The South African government is investigating reports that a South African amongst those killed in northern Mozambique.

This, as approximately 200 expatriates are trapped in a luxury hotel in Palma following an insurgent attack.

Department of International Relations and Co-Operation (Dirco) spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said: “We have noted the reports, our mission is verifying the information.”

He said they couldn’t comment any further.

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Attacks in northern Mozambique started on Wednesday, several people were reportedly dead, according to witnesses and a rights group, after the attack in Palma near a liquified natural gas site in Cabo Delgado province, AFP reported.

Jihadist militants began a raid on the coastal town on Wednesday afternoon, forcing terrified residents to flee into the surrounding forest as LNG and government workers sought shelter at the Amarula Palma hotel.

Human Rights Watch said the attackers are linked to a group known locally as Al-Shabab, which has no known direct link to the Somalian jihadist organisation with a similar name.

“Several witnesses told Human Rights Watch that they saw bodies on the streets and residents fleeing after the Al-Shabab fighters fired indiscriminately at people and buildings,” the rights group said in a statement on Friday.

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The Mozambique government on Thursday confirmed the attack on the town and said soldiers had launched an offensive to repel the fighters from the town, the hub of the giant gas project.

The fresh round of attacks began on Wednesday hours after Total announced a gradual resumption of work at the liquified natural gas project, which had been hampered by the ongoing insurgency in the region.

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