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Insecurity persists in northeast Mozambique where the French hydrocarbons group Total announced on Wednesday the resumption of construction work on the gas site which should be operational in 2024. The same day, suspected jihadists attacked the city of Palma. </p><div> <p>After withdrawing its staff from the Afungi site at the beginning of January, in the area of the Mozambican gas mega-project <strong>threatened by attacks from Islamists</strong>, the French group Total has received assurances from the Mozambican authorities that security will be reinforced. Maputo is counting in particular on support from the European Union and France to curb the Islamist peril.
With its troops stationed in the Indian Ocean, France intends to participate in the training of the Mozambican army in order to secure an area which is of great interest to Mozambique, for the various multinationals – Total at their head – engaged in a $ 20 billion project. There are also many interests for Europe, which is seeking to diversify its sources of gas supply.
Mozambican Islamists still present
With the attack on the city of Palma on Wednesday, the Islamists who are called ” al-Shabab » want to show that they have not said their last word, but the Mozambican government says it is determined to secure a province of Cabo Delgado which represents huge future financial revenues.
In order not to tarnish its image, Total does not want to support the private security companies already present in northern Mozambique.
Source site www.rfi.fr