- French energy giant Total has shut its operations and withdrawn all staff from Alfungi construction site following intelligence surveillance confirming that insurgents were close to their compound.
- This follows last week’s deadly jihadist attack in Palma which lies around 10km from Total’s Alfungi site.
A local military source confirmed, “all the facilities are abandoned.Total made a decision to evacuate all of its staff this past Friday, after drone surveillance showed insurgents were in areas very close to the gas plant in Afungi.”
The most recent brazen assault on March 24 was the latest in a string of more than 830 organised raids by the Islamist militants over the past three years during which more than 2,600 people have died. Read more
Total had already evacuated some staff and suspended construction work in late December following a series of violent attacks near its compound. Read more
Funders of the project include the USA, UK, Thailand, the Netherlands, Italy, South Korea and South Africa. Read more
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Author: Bryan Groenendaal