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Anadarko Convoy Attacked in Mozambique

Monday, February 25, 2019

Mozambique’s ambitions took a hit late last week when a convoy of Anadarko Petroleum workers was attacked in Cabo Delgado. The province is where the US independent is building its multi-billion LNG project. The attack on the convoy was just one such attack to take place last week.

According to reports, an Anadarko contractor was beheaded in the violence. Anadarko confirmed one person died and at least six people were injured in the raids.

Suspected Islamist militants have been waging an insurgency in northern Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province since 2017. The attacks could be a new tactic of the militants who had previously not been coordinated.

The attack on the Anadarko convoy is the first time an oil and gas company has been targeted.

Anadarko said there were two related attacks, with one contractor killed, according to a statement on its website. The company’s project-construction site has been placed on lockdown.

In a statement the firm said “It is our understanding there were two related attacks that occurred on the road from Mocimboa da Praia to Afungi at approximately 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Central) on February 21. The attacks occurred approximately 20 km from the construction site. The first involved a convoy where six contract personnel sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were either treated or are receiving treatment, and we have accounted for all personnel.

“Tragically, the second attack, which involved the firm contracted to construct an airstrip for the project, resulted in one fatality. We express our sincerest condolences and ask that any further inquiries about this second attack be directed to the contractor, Gabriel Couto.”

Anadarko went on to say that the “safety, security and well-being of our people is always the top priority, and therefore, the construction site remains on lockdown, and we will not discuss specific security measures. We are still working to gather information and continue to actively monitor the situation. We also remain in close contact with Government authorities to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect our workforce.”