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An armed group attacked the village of Nsemo on Afungi peninsula in Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique on Wednesday night, residents told Lusa. Nsemo is located only a few kilometres away from construction work on natural gas megaprojects,
Residents in the Cabo Delgado village report that the group entered the village at 8:00 p.m., shot several residents dead, and set fire to numerous precariously constructed homes.
The wave of violence in the region that originated two years ago in radicalised mosques has already caused some 300 deaths and affects 60,000 people, forced to abandon their land and areas of residence, according to the latest United Nations Global Humanitarian Overview.
The survey of the number of casualties and damages in Nsemo is still ongoing.
Two construction workers on the gas megaprojects told Lusa this morning (Thursday, November 14) that several workers were given orders not to go to the places where they were supposed to work and wait for further instructions.
The village of Nsemo belongs to the locality of Mute, in the administrative post of Palma. Palma is the village in the immediate vicinity of where the future gas city is being built, in one of the largest private investments ever in Africa, forecast to reach US$50 billion.
The works of international oil companies such as Total, Exxon Mobil and Eni employ around 5,000 workers, mainly in construction works, where some Portuguese contractors are involved.
Despite all efforts, Lusa was unable to obtain clarification from either the investor companies or the authorities.Source: AFP