South African President Cyril Ramaphosa met today with senior defense officials due to the attack in northern Mozambique that resulted in the death of at least one South African and several others who were missing, state television reported.
The South African public channel added that “suspected militants of Isis [the Islamic State extremist group] attacked fleeing civilians and occupied Palma”, stressing that armed groups “took over” the Mozambican city despite fighting in the area.
The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) is considering deploying special forces to help contain the war situation in the north of the neighboring country, a security source said on the south portal. African News24.
South Africa today strengthened its diplomatic mission in Mozambique following the attack in the city of Palma, along with gas projects in the north of the country, the South African government announced.
At least one South African contractor has been killed and several others are missing, the South African press reported today, as a result of the attack on a hotel where about 200 expatriate workers of various nationalities were instructed to take refuge, according to the South African press.
So far the reasons for the attack are unknown, which coincided with the resumption on Wednesday of the operation of the new liquefied natural gas unit, a project led by the French oil company Total, which is being developed in Afungi, next to the village of Palma.
The attack is the most serious with gas projects after three and a half years of armed insurgency from which the district seat has so far been spared.
The violence is causing a humanitarian crisis in northern Mozambique, with almost 700,000 displaced people and more than 2,000 deaths.
Some of the raids were claimed by the Islamic State extremist group between June 2019 and November 2020, but the source of the attacks remains under debate.
Source: with Agencies