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Beheadings show Islamist peril persists for TotalEnergies in Mozambique

Militants connected to Islamic State in northern Mozambique have stepped up aggression, resulting in staff being evacuated from the country's larger solar farm, also threatening to further delay the French oil company's major LNG project.

Photo: Alfredo Zuniga/AFP/Ritzau Scanpix

A fresh wave of attacks by an Islamic State affiliate in northern Mozambique has prompted the evacuation of the nation’s biggest solar power plant and threatens to further delay TotalEnergies SE’s USD 20bn liquefied natural gas project. 

Forces from Rwanda and a southern African regional bloc have helped retake towns from insurgents who’ve been wreaking havoc since 2017, largely securing a coastal stretch around Total’s project. But violence has recently spiked, spreading to new areas near Pemba, the Cabo Delgado province’s capital, and causing panic as IS disseminates photos of bodies it says were beheaded by its fighters.

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