At approximately 1700hrs local time, on 21 February 2019, suspected Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa extremists conducted two attacks targeting vehicles of US-based oil and gas company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. At least one person was killed and a further six injured. No information has been disclosed on the nationalities of the staff, although it is believed they were all local nationals.
The attacks targeting the Anadarko vehicle convoys occurred on the road between the town of Mocímboa da Praia and the company’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) project-construction site in Afungi, in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province. It was also reported that, on the same day, militants conducted raids on villages in the vicinity of the highway.
While terrorist activity in the rest of the country is subdued, Cabo Delgado has experienced regular attacks since October 2017 by suspected Islamists. These have resulted in at least 226 deaths thus far. As such, there is an ongoing heightened risk of insurgency in the province.
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